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The secret chord: a novel

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"A page turner. . .Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive. . .in her skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns: love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality." - Alice Hoffman , The Washington Post

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.

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Grouping Titlesecret chord
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-10-27 17:46:52PM
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Novelist Primary ISBN9781611764772

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Audiobooks (CD)
Bible. -- Old Testament -- History of Biblical events -- Fiction
Biographical fiction
David, -- King of Israel -- Fiction
David, -- King of Israel -- Fiction -- Audiobooks (CD)
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FICTION / Historical
FICTION / Literary
Historical fiction
Historical fiction -- Audiobooks (CD)
Israel -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction
Large type books
Religious fiction
title_displayThe secret chord
title_fullThe Secret Chord A Novel
The secret chord / Geraldine Brooks
The secret chord [electronic resource] : a novel / Geraldine Brooks
The secret chord [large print] / Geraldine Brooks
The secret chord [sound recording] : a novel / Geraldine Brooks
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History of Biblical events
Kings and rulers
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