People of the Book

People of the Book

A Novel

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143115007
  • 416 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The bestselling novel that follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and of The Secret Chord, coming from Viking in October 2015

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force”by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
People of the Book

People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks


IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – winner
Library of Vermont Literary Award Finalist – winner
Mary Shelly Award – winner
New England Book Award for Fiction – winner
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – winner
Indies Choice Award – nominee
Harold U. Ribalow Prize – finalist


“Less flash and more substance than The Da Vinci Code . . . The stories of the Sarajevo Haggadah, both factual and fictional, are stirring testaments to the people of many faiths who risked all to save this priceless work.”
USA Today

“As full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgment.”
-The Boston Globe

“Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and original.”
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“Erudite but suspenseful . . . one of the most popular and successful works of fiction in the New Year.”
-Alan Cheuse, NPR / “All Things Considered”
PRH Book Clubs Survey