OK, you have to read “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks,


not only because it’s our next QUIET Book Club selection (the meeting to discuss it will be on Wed. September 28, at 8 pm EST) but because it’s an incredible read. It’s really six or seven page-turning stories in one, and each is set at a different (tragic) moment in history, from World War II Sarajevo to the Spanish Inquisition. They’re the kinds of stories you keep thinking about long after you’ve finished them. Uniting them all is a reverence for thought, art, and literature.

The only slow parts are the opening chapters, set in the present day, so don’t let those stop you.

I finished it last night and am now off to buy other books by Geraldine Brooks.







  1. Wendy on 19.09.2011 at 18:50 (Reply)

    “Year of Wonders” by that author is an AMAZING, beautiful book - make sure to put that one on your shopping list. I’m putting “People of the Book” on mine.

    1. Susan Cain on 19.09.2011 at 19:09 (Reply)

      Thanks, I’m doing that immediately!

  2. Valerie on 19.09.2011 at 20:32 (Reply)

    Year of wonders is about the black plague. Quite an interesting piece of historical fiction! You will enjoy it!

    1. Susan Cain on 19.09.2011 at 20:36 (Reply)

      I’m amazed by how much she (Geraldine) knows about so many different subjects. I’ve always thought that researching a historical novel set in ONE period/country would be daunting. But People of the Book had six or seven of them!

  3. Sandra on 20.09.2011 at 09:44 (Reply)

    Already read it. So very good — Geraldine Brooks is always a winner!

  4. Carol on 20.09.2011 at 17:38 (Reply)

    I agree on Year of Wonders…an excellent read. I’ll be picking up People of the Book soon!

  5. Judy on 21.09.2011 at 07:27 (Reply)

    Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful author as is her husband Tony Horwitz!

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