I’m always interested in relationships.
Who are people to those around them?
Are they friends? Siblings? Lovers? Does she like that woman? Is he afraid of that man?
Alice Hoffman explores some deep and painful relationships in her novel, The Dovekeepers. Relationships born in beautiful times. Relationships born in times of great hardship. Relationships torn apart for reasons of fear, weakness, and anger.
In my last post I talked about crying over the deaths of fictional characters.
While reading The Dovekeepers, I cried over the sufferings of fictional characters imagined into a historical time of war. These women are beautiful, are capable, are victims, are heroes. They are scarred, they are healed, they are kind, and they are terrible. Their stories make you question how your decisions would change if you were placed in a situation where there seemed no way out, no way back and no way forward.
Thank you, Alice, for showing me what an impact honesty and straightforward prose can have on a reader’s emotions. Your plot is intricate, surprising, and just plain wonderfully woven.
Yes, this novel is long.
Yes, it is painful to read for long moments.
But that is why it is so powerful.
That is why you should read it.
It will open your eyes to wonder, who would I have been if I had lived in Yael’s sandals? or Aziza’s tunic? What would I have done if I had been told what Shirah heard? or witnessed what Revka saw?
I don’t think I’ve ever read a first-person account more powerful than this novel.
So again, thank you Alice. Thank you.