The People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

February 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Fiction

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Writerscast host David Wilk interviews Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, on tour for the release of the paperback edition of her newest novel, People of the Book.  This brilliant and engaging historical novel has a story that spans centuries, using the Sarajevo Haggadah as the focus. As one reviewer has said:  “There’s a romance between Brooks and the world, and her writing is as full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgement.” Carrie Brown, The Boston Globe.

In a wide ranging discussion with host Wilk, Ms. Brooks talks about her work and her working methods as a historical novelist.  Wilk and Brooks talk in depth about The People of the Book.  The author also offers fascinating details about the novel she is working on now, based on the Wampanoag Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, where she lives with her family.  Her own website is a rich source of information about this wonderful writer and her consistently rich and rewarding fiction.