Jul 23, 2009

Book Review: Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

Drawing in the Dust Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein
is a fictional love story told by a young archaeologist in Israel who discovers the bones of the prophet Jeremiah surprisingly entwined with those of an historically unknown woman, Anatiya. The archaeologist Page Brookstone, a New Yorker, finds the bones and the scrolls of Anatiya in a cistern hidden under the house of an Arab couple who had begged her to excavate under the house. There were ghosts there - lovers, they claimed.

Page fights to bring Anatiya's scrolls to light, to be available to all scholars and not to just a few as happened with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, and fights to have the remains of Jeremiah and Anatiya kept together.

The book, spiritual and Biblical, also focuses on the nature of love. From the publisher's description:

"Caught in a forbidden romance of her own, and under constant siege from religious zealots and ruthless critics, Page risks her life and professional reputation to deliver Anatiya's passionate message to the world."
Archaeologists, Biblical scholars, and lovers of historical fiction will enjoy this novel. Those who have never traveled to Israel will get a feel for the land and the people. Author Zoe Klein is a senior rabbi in the Los Angeles area and a writer of poetry and other works. More information about the book is available at www.zoeklein.com

Book received from the author/publisher for review.

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tea said...

Yummy! This book sounds great. I love to read about Bible characters, Archaeology and romance. All of it together is just too much.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hello! Thanks for sharing this book review! I have started this book and really enjoy the setting! When I read the authors "thank you's" I discovered that she thanked MY rabbi!

Harvee said...

Small world, Suzanne. Looking forward to your review!

Harvee said...

Tea: It's a very rich book, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting story and setting. When they are combined well it's hard to resist. tHanks for the recommendation.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Thanks for the review. I have this one as well in my neverending stacks :)

Sheila DeChantal said...

Great review - this book sounds wonderful!

tea said...

Hi Harvee,

I have put your name up again on the list for the Heartfelt Award. Please let me know you have gotten it.


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