Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Giveaway Closed!)

Title: The Secret Chord    
Author: Geraldine Brooks       
Published: October 2015, Viking  
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages    

A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March.

With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected.  We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.

Early Praise for The Secret Chord:

“[A] gorgeously written novel of ambitions, courage, retribution and triumph…The language, clear and precise throughout, turns soaringly poetic when describing music or the glory of David’s city…the novel feels simultaneously ancient, accessible, and timeless.”  —Booklist, Starred Review

"David emerges from Brooks's pages as a complex, somewhat wounded man...a skillful reimagining...gracefully and intelligently told."—Kirkus 

“Brooks’s interest in religious commitment accrues rich rewards in this ambitious and psychologically astute novel…Brooks evokes time and place with keenly drawn detail.” —Publishers Weekly 

“[Brooks’] writing is insightful and impeccably researched.” —Library Journal 

“Known for her abilities to bring history to life…Brooks fills in the gaps and humanizes the legend in a saga of family, faith, and power.” —The Millions


Thanks to the publisher, one reader can win a copy of  The Secret Chord  by Geraldine Brooks. To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by October 2nd.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends October 2nd.  
Good Luck!!!



  1. I really enjoyed People of the Book and have been looking forward to this new title!

  2. Thank you very much for hosting this giveaway, Kristin! I'll add it to my blog's sidebar. Have a super weekend!


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