Thursday, June 2, 2011

Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist whose first novel, Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague (2001), will be discussed this Saturday at our book meeting.  Brooks grew up outside of Sydney, Australia, and resides there today with her family.  She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and reported for a Sydney newspaper in the early part of her career. After attending a master's program at Columbia University, she also worked for The Wall Street Journal. Her writing demonstrates a wide-ranging interest in historical and cultural topics of an international scope.  Among her books are Nine Parts of Desire: the hidden world of Islamic women,  the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March, as well as People of the Book, a fictional piece based on the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah.  The latest novel, Caleb's Crossing, has just been published to excellent reviews and concerns the interplay of cultures, Native American and English, during the American colonial period.  Please visit the author's Web site for more information.  You might also enjoy reading here The Guardian's July 14, 2001 review of Year of Wonders.

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