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January 2012

Praise for The Dovekeepers

Named a favorite book of 2011 by NPR, The Seattle Times and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The Dovekeepers is a stunningly crafted work about a tragic and heroic time. It also showcases Hoffman’s immense gift for telling stories about women, magic and complex relationships. Perhaps The Dovekeepers is the masterpiece she has been working toward all along.”
—Seattle Times

“Alice Hoffman weaves fiction and fact in The Dovekeepers, a thrilling, passionate saga…The book pulses toward its stunning climax. Hoffman’s fiction is always compelling, but the history within The Dovekeepers makes this novel haunting.”
—USA Today

“First-rate historical fiction, an epic saga of war, passion and the ferocious instinct of survival…The beating heart of the story is one that pulses through the author’s body of work: a celebration of women and their wondrous ways.”
—People

“Magisterial…an intricate literary tapestry interweaving history and compelling dramatic narrative.”
—Hadassah Magazine

“Vivid and visual…Intricately crafted, replete with the foreshadowing and symbolism of classic myth, The Dovekeepers will join Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon as one of the great feminist reimaginings of war epics.”
—Ms. Magazine

“Spellbinding…Ancient times come to shimmering life in this superb novel.”
—Parade

“Striking…[Alice Hoffman] grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose that may surprise even her most constant fans.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Splendid…thrilling…fueled to fever pitch by a rich imagination…remarkable.”
—Boston Globe

“Hoffman makes ancient history live and breathe in this compelling story… This is both a feminist manifesto and a deeply felt tribute to courageous men and women of faith, told with the cadence and imagery of a biblical passage.”
—Booklist

“Powerful…True to the history of Masada…[Alice Hoffman is] one of our best novelists.”
—NPR’s All Things Considered

“The suspense keeps you barreling forward…but moments when Hoffman’s characters come to a full stop—registering what it’s like to be running out of options, experiencing their probably already false bravado evaporating in the arid mountain air—pack a timeless emotional punch.”
— ELLE magazine

“Immersive…An enormously ambitious, multi-party story, richly decorated with the details of life 2,000 years ago…Dramatic and engaging”
—Washington Post

“[It’s] as if a wind has blown through and animated the lives on the page.”
—Newsday

“Alice Hoffman has breathed literary life into the dust of history and resurrected four simple dovekeepers, beautiful and moving women in a stunningly detailed world.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Ambitious…Sure to appeal to Hoffman’s core readership.”
—NY Magazine

“[The Dovekeepers] tells of the historic siege of Masada as only the bestselling author of Here on Earth and The Third Angel could…A page-turner.”
—Miami Herald

“An enthralling tale rendered with consummate literary skill.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping, masterful narrative…”
—Daily Beast

“Hoffman’s prose is vivid and unforgettable, scorching like the desert heat, and will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”
—Amazon.com

“Powerful and gripping…Hoffman finds poetry and beauty, dignity and honor, even in those perilous, blood-soaked times.”
—Library Journal

“Brilliant…Read [The Dovekeepers] for Hoffman’s fine sense of narrative, history and detail as she shares the story of four women who come by various paths to Masada.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Alice Hoffman embraces the account and the woman who gave it…Her master work.”
—Star-Ledger

“Bold…an in-depth and preternaturally empathic fictionalization of the months-long Roman siege of the mountain fortress of Masada.”
—Kansas City Star

“Hoffman creates a vividly detailed world…Mesemerizing.”
—Star Tribune

“A POWERFUL VOICE FOR WOMEN AMID WAR.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Carefully researched…Alice Hoffman brings history to life.”
—Christian Science Monitor

“Ancient times comes to shimmering life in this superb novel…Hoffman re-creates in spellbinding detail the community’s fight to survive.”
—Knoxville News-Sentinel

“Beautiful, intriguing and compelling…”
—Vancouver Sun (Canada)

“Hoffman is at the peak of her powers as a writer.”
—Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel to date.”
—Guardian (UK)

“The Dovekeepers is a book as monumental as its subject, magical, moving, quite beautifully written…A genuine masterpiece.”
—Daily Mail (UK)

“A real tour de force…”
—The Independent (UK)

“Incredible creative power and intense imagination…The Dovekeepers shows just how far and deep historical fiction can go.”
—Observer (UK)

The Dovekeepers is named one of the best books of the year by:
NPR
Saint Louis Dispatch
Amazon


November 2011

NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered” Interview with Alice on The Dovekeepers  Listen to the podcast.


October 2011

The Daily Mail— ”The Dovekeepers is a book as monumental as its subject, magical, moving, quite beautifully written and probably Hoffman’s best.  A genuine masterpiece”  Read the review

The Dovekeepers hits the bestsellers lists:

  • 9 on The New York Times bestsellers list (up from 11)
  • 9 on The Indie bestsellers list (up from 10)
  • 9 on Publishers Weekly bestsellers list (up from 10)
  • 7 on The Washington Post bestsellers list (up from 9)
  • 9 on The Chicago Tribune bestsellers list (up from 10)

Thank you to all the wonderful readers who continue to support The Dovekeepers!

The Seattle Times reviews The Dovekeepers Read the review

The Daily Beast reviews The Dovekeepers Read the review

Usa Today reviews The Dovekeepers Read the review


September 2011

Alice’s hometown newspaper gives The Dovekeepers a rave Read the review

Krys Boyd interviews Alice on “Think”—KERA Dallas Listen to the podcast 

The Boston Globe loves The Dovekeepers Read the review

Entertainment Weekly has given The Dovekeepers an “A” Read the review