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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoë Klein Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Suzanne (Doppleganger) | 1/28/2014

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

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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.