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Nancy's Notes - December 8, 2011

The Dovekeeper”, by Alice Hoffman, “The Litigators” by John Grisham

  We currently have many new books on the shelves. One which has received good reviews is, “The Dovekeeper”, by Alice Hoffman. It takes place in 70 C.E. (which I just looked up and see that it means A.D.) when 900 Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. The story is based on this event and tells the tale of four resourceful women who were brought to Masada for different reasons. Yael’s mother died in childbirth and her father never forgave her. Revka, a baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers. She brings her grandson, who was mute after witnessing the act, with her. Aziza is a warriour’s daughter, raised as a boy, she finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah was born with the knowledge of ancient magic and medicine. The lives of the four intersect in the days of the siege. All are dovekeepers who are keeping secrets about who they are and where they come from.
    John Grisham’s newest, “The Litigators”, has a light entertaining twist to it. The partners at Finley & Figg refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm”. However they are really at two-bit operation which is always in search of their big break. They specialize in ambulance chasing, quickie divorces, and DUI’s. A change comes when David Zinc, a burned-out attorney, walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm, goes on a bender, and finds himself on their doorstep. Once he sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he’s suddenly unemployed, even the firm of Finley & Figg, looks good to him. With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law.
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