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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoë Klein Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400183449
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Powerful and suspenseful, Zoë Klein’s unforgettable debut novel is a richly evocative and boundless love story that reverberates from biblical times to the modern world.

Brilliant archaeologist Page Brookstone is convinced bones speak, yet none of the ancient remnants she has unearthed during her twelve years of toiling at Israel’s storied battlegrounds of Megiddo has delivered the life-altering message she so craves. That’s why the story of Ibrahim and Aisha Barakat, a young Arab couple who implore Page to excavate the grounds beneath their house in Anatot, instantly intrigues her.

The Barakats claim the ghosts of two lovers haunt their home, overwhelming everyone who enters with love and desire. Ignoring the scorn of her peers, Page investigates the site, where she is seduced by an undeniable force. Once Ibrahim presents Page with hard evidence of a cistern beneath his living room, she has no choice but to uncover the secret of the spirits.

It is not long before Page makes miraculous discoveries—the bones of the deeply troubled prophet Jeremiah locked in an eternal embrace with a mysterious woman named Anatiya. Buried with the entwined skeletons is a collection of Anatiya’s scrolls, whose mystical words challenge centuries-old interpretations of the prophet’s story and create a worldwide fervor that threatens to silence the truth about the lovers forever.

Caught in a forbidden romance of her own, and under constant siege from religious zealots and ruthless critics, Page risks her life and professional reputation to deliver Anatiya’s passionate message to the world. In doing so, she discovers that to preserve her future in the land of the living, she must shake off the dust of the dead and let go of her own painful past. As poignant and thought-provoking as the beloved bestsellers The Red Tent and People of the Book, Zoë Klein’s historically rich debut novel is a lyrical and unexpected journey that will stay with listeners forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lyrical, transformative, and unexpected, Drawing will keep you enthralled in the moment, yet racing to know more.”

    Gina B. Nahai, New York Times bestselling author of Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

  • “Zoe Klein will rock your foundations! This is what fiction should be about.”

    Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of The Betrayal

  • “A suspenseful race against time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Insight into the world of biblical excavation in Israel raises Rabbi Klein’s debut novel from a Jewish Da Vinci Code to an emotionally rich story of personal and historical discovery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Justine Eyre is quite believable as the naive researcher…Eyre manages a number of accents…and credibly portrays the tension between the characters.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 2/20/2014

    " A bit fantastic at times, with a few too many strands out there, but fun to read and engaging. After I read it, I re-read the epigraphs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayna | 2/7/2014

    " A wonderful novel. Zoe Klein has a very descriptive poetic style of writing. The story unfolds so well. Fresh and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/30/2014

    " This book explored a subject matter about which I knew almost nothing and made me interested in learning more about archaeology in Israel and the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible. It also was a parallel love story with a bit of suspense and action too. It was just my type of book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne (Doppleganger) | 1/28/2014

    " This is Zoe Klein's first novel....I'm hoping she writes another!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent! This book kept my attention throughout. Suspenseful, touching, and fascinating, with well-formed characters and storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debdanz | 1/23/2014

    " Not "the Red Tent" but good none-the-less. New way of looking at life and love using Jeremiah and the Middle east. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 1/20/2014

    " Wish I could recommend it, but I can't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sharon | 12/31/2013

    " Reviewed this for a book talk-interesting book combines archeology and a love story. Based on the prophet Jeremiah which sent me back to read about him. Worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 din picaso | 12/16/2013

    " the book left me with the same feeling that jeremiah and anatiya left to the inhabitants of the barakat home: i felt giddy and passionate with love. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 12/13/2013

    " Romance more than Archaeology . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Schwarz | 12/10/2013

    " I did not think I would like this book but found it to be one of the best I read in 09 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/8/2013

    " Well spun, and in most places beautifully told. Much of the archeologist-excavates-her-heart co-plot, though, felt a little contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/4/2013

    " lyrical, lovely and beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Farris | 5/25/2013

    " Adored this novel. Became so addicted to the characters... I Still miss reading about them. Wish Miss Klein would continue this :))) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dusti | 1/6/2013

    " Loved this book! A cleverly written story of an archaeologist and the discovery of a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlei | 11/24/2012

    " Loved this story. Excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/2/2012

    " An amazing book. The meeting of the past and the present with hope for the future (both personally and internationally). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Martin | 2/5/2012

    " This is the one I was telling you about Cindy!! Loved this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Momm | 10/25/2011

    " Enjoyed this peek at archaeology. Loved the idea of Antiya as a female counterpart to the prophet Jeremiah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laureen Hyman | 9/14/2011

    " It wasn't as great as I expected it to be from the description, but it was intriguing. A lot of bible stories were mixed in and different religious beliefs were expressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan 2 | 8/28/2011

    " Archeology, journey to Israel, a look into Jewish and Arab life, the prophet Jeremiah, and two love stories. One from the past and one from the present. Excellent character studies. Just a hint of paranormal. All together wonderful!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/16/2011

    " Unique and poetic, my only difficulty was I was consistently frustrated with the main character's lack of ability to take her own life into her hands and her intense reliance on others or the dead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindyg | 4/24/2011

    " Very romantic! Finished it in 1 sitting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 4/13/2011

    " Beautifully descriptive, wonderfully escapist reading easliy creating moments of self-reflection...
    Enjoy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 2/5/2011

    " The archaeological story was okay but spare me the journey of self-discovery. The dialogue was atrocious; NOBODY talks that way. They may think or write that way but no one talks like that without sounding incredibly pretentious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/27/2011

    " Based on its storyline of an archeological dig in Israel, I should of loved this, but the writing was a disappointment. I could barely get through the book, and ended up speedreading through it. Are archeological digs really carried out that way? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 11/15/2010

    " A bit fantastic at times, with a few too many strands out there, but fun to read and engaging. After I read it, I re-read the epigraphs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/12/2010

    " I enjoyed this book-I felt I was with the main character, Page, excavating underground in Israel, discovering treasures, 'ghosts' and stories from long ago-and of course wanting her to resolve her story and past as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 7/9/2010

    " A little different from my normal reads. Parts of it were great parts of it not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/9/2010

    " This is the one I was telling you about Cindy!! Loved this one "

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About the Author

Zoë Klein, the senior rabbi of a large congregation, pursued the rabbinate out of a passion for ancient texts, mythology, liturgy and poetry. She has written for Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Tikkun. She has also written chapters for a number of collections, including The Women’s Torah Commentary and Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. Her poetry and prayers are used in houses of worship around the country, and she has appeared as a commentator on the History Channel in Digging for the Truth.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.