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Geraldine Brooks

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestselling People of the Book

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  • About Geraldine Brooks

    Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an acclaimed author and journalist known for her immersive, character-driven historical novels. Her fiction debut, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, was published in ten countries and was a 2001 Notable Book of the Year for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. For her second novel, March, Geraldine was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third book, People of the Book, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her fourth book, Caleb’s Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. The Secret Chord, Geraldine’s newest novel about the fascinating life of King David, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim.

    Beginning her career at The Sydney Morning Herald, Geraldine later moved to the United States to attend the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. She then spent 11 years as correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, where her beats included some of the world’s most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East.

    Geraldine is also the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. Geraldine was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in fall 2005 and was the recipient of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

    Geraldine lives with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons in Massachusetts.

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    The Art of the Historical Novel: Making Fiction from Fact

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  • Praise for Geraldine Brooks

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    I don’t even know where to begin to describe what a wonderful event and experience we had yesterday. Geraldine was sweet, funny, intelligent, informative and by 7:00 p.m. last night the general consensus was that she was one of the best authors we have had in 17 years of doing this.

    Hershey Public Library

    Praise for The Secret Chord

    Rich and imaginative. . . Thanks to Brooks, David is as compelling as he is contradictory, with the writing in The Secret Chord as lyrical as the lyre that David plays.

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune

    There’s something bordering on the supernatural about Geraldine Brooks. She seems able to transport herself back to earlier time periods, to time travel. Sometimes, reading her work, she draws you so thoroughly into another era that you swear she’s actually lived in it. With sensory acuity and a deep and complex understanding of emotional states, she conjures up the way we lived then. . . Brooks has humanized the king and cleverly added a modern perspective to our understanding of him. . . [Her] vision of the biblical world is enrapturing.

    The Boston Globe

    The Secret Chord—a thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David—makes a masterly case for the generative power of retelling. . . some of the magic here has to do with setting and time—for sensory dramatics, it’s hard to compete with the Iron Age Middle East. . . but Brooks’s real accomplishment is that she also enables readers to feel the spirit of the place.

    The New York Times

    It’s this David—gifted artist, vainglorious alpha male, conflicted husband and father—that we meet in The Secret Chord, the beautiful, subtle, grave new novel by Geraldine Brooks. . . The Secret Chord paints [a] fresh portrait of King David. . . For Brooks, David is interesting not for his status as the most beautiful man in art history, but, rather, for his matrix of contradictions. . . in this telling, he is the Bible’s ultimate Machiavellian.

    USA Today

    In her gorgeously written novel of ambition, courage, retribution, and triumph, Brooks imagines the life and character of King David in all his complexity. . . The language, clear and precise throughout, turns soaringly poetic when describing music or the glory of David’s city. . . taken as a whole, the novel feels simultaneously ancient, accessible, and timeless.

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