The Secret Chord (Hardcover)
Viking, 9780670025770, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
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A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of People of the Book and March.
With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature's richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.
The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David's life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.
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Praise For The Secret Chord…
Advanced praise for The Secret Chord
“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.” – ALA Booklist
“With the verve of an adroit storyteller. . .Brooks evokes times and place with keenly drawn detail. . .Ambitious and psychologically astute.” – Publishers Weekly
“A skillful reimagining. . .gracefully and intelligently told.” – Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the work of Geraldine Brooks
For Caleb’s Crossing
“Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brooks’s reputation as one of our most supple and insightful novelists.”
—Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review
For People of the Book
“There’s a romance between Brooks and the world, and her writing is as full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgment.”
—The Boston Globe
“A beautifully wrought story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties and drives a wedge of bitter experience and unspeakable memories between husband and wife.”
—Los Angeles Times
For Year of Wonders
“A staggering fictional debut that matches journalistic accumulation of detail to natural narrative flair.”