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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Secret Chord


This is a weekly event that highlights a book we can't wait to be published.  It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I'm so excited to see that Geraldine Brooks has a new book coming out.  I have read several of her novels and discussed three of them with book groups.  All three had good discussion points, and I enjoyed the stories.  March gives a different angle on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.  Year of Wonders is set in 17th century England and is a tale of the plague.  My favorite, up to this point, is People of the Book, a wonderful story of a very special book, The Sarajevo Haggadah.  And now, this Pulitzer Prize winning author give us a new take on the story of King David.  My choice for this week:




Publication Date:  October 6th   

Geraldine Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected.  We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.

24 comments:

  1. Oh, I like the idea of a book about David. He's a wonderfully complex character.

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    1. He is at that. We'll see what she shares.

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  2. Ooohhhh! I'm all about this! I have to add it to my watch list.

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    1. Great! Always nice to find someone else who agrees.

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  3. I'll have to check this one out. I really enjoyed Year of Wonders.

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  4. I haven't heard of this, but I do enjoy historical retellings. Great pick!
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  5. I haven't read this author before, but now I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. This author is a good one, Laurel.

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  6. I have never read a book by this author but this book caught my attention.

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    1. Geraldine Brooks is a gifted writer, in my opinion. :-)

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  7. I haven't read anything by this author, but I'll definitely have to see if my library carries any of her books!

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    1. I bet they do. She's been around for a while.

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  8. That sounds interesting. I haven't read anything by her before, but I would certainly give it a try,

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    1. You should try one of the books I've listed. You might like them.

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  9. I'm excited about this one too. It was mentioned at the recent Penguin Random House preview that I attended.

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    1. Good to know, Catherine. Hope we can both try it.

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  10. I've only read Year of Wonders by her and thought it was fantastic. Read that with a book group. Unfortunately I just haven't picked up another of her books. Will have to keep this one on my radar.

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    1. Glad to know that you liked Year of Wonders too!

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  11. I've never read this author but it sounds good.

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