People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks

Description: The novel tells the fictional story of Hanna Heath, an Australian book conservator who is responsible for restoring the Haggadah. The story alternates between sections set in the present day with Heath and other sections showing the history of the Haggadah. Told in reverse chronological order, the story follows the Haggadah backward in time as it travels across Europe, from war-torn Sarajevo to the book's origins. It also explains such clues as missing silver clasps, preserved butterfly remnants, and various stains and spots, which are all eventually explained as part of the manuscript's long history.


Recommended by: Sarah Velasquez, Senior Coordinator

"I LOVED this book. I love her writing, but this book brought together two of my favorite things: Personal History and Archival Preservation. I love how this book's past was followed all the way to its beginning. People don't often think about the work and history behind ancient artifacts, and take many of them for granted. Powerful story and kept me interested all the time."

Last modified: May 21, 2012