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Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

July 9th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Pocket Books for the chance to review this book!

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Description: American archaeologist Page Brookstone has been living and working in Israel for more than a decade, entrenched in a dig at the ancient site of Megiddo.  There, she is approached by Ibrahim and Naima, a young Arab couple claiming their house is haunted by the spirits of two lovers.  Distraught, they beg Page to excavate under their home in the small settlement of Anatot.

Disregarding her professional reputation, Page agrees.  As she digs, Page and her makeshift team make a miraculous discovery: a cistern that dates to the biblical time of Jeremiah.  Buried within, is a never-before-seen scroll, written by a mysterious woman named Anatiya.  Her lyrical and mystical words challenge centuries-old beliefs, while describing an overpowering love she shares with the prophet.

Facing pressure from religious and governmental groups, Page is desperate to translate Anatiya’s scroll.  She is convinced that this is a story of love and strength that must never be silenced.  But does Page have the strength to make peace with her own past?  Will she, too, be overwhelmed by love for a man of faith?

First off I just have to say that I loved this cover.  It’s gorgeous and that combined with the book blurb is what drew me to the book.   This book packs a lot of things into one story ranging from the Jewish/Arab/American relationships, to love and betrayal and an ancient mystery.  I have to admit I loved almost all the characters except Page.  Ibrahim and Naima draw you into their lives haunted by ghosts from the past, Mortichai’s heart breaking work will bring a tear to your eye, I loved her best friend, Jordanna, and even Norris fills the villainous role of spurned lover perfectly.  Page on the other hand struck me as whiny and you at points I felt she needed a good slap to wake up and stop taking crap from Norris and go after Mortichai if that is what she wants.   Even in the end she almost strike me as half-hearted pursuing Mortichai.  The only thing she was passionate over was Anatiya’s story and remains.  Nevertheless, this would make a great read while sitting on your front porch enjoying a wonderful day.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, General Fiction

3 Responses

  1. Nicole

    The premise sounds fascinating. Glad that you enjoyed it.

  2. Kay

    I’m fascinated by anything acrcheology or ancient history, so that would definitely interest me! Thanks! :)

  3. Kayla

    Oh wow!
    That’s DEFINITELY going on my list of things to read….I love anything to do with Archeology and ancient civilizations, etc.
    Thanks for the review!

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