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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 Mikal, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • The Secret Chord—a thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David—makes a masterly case for the generative power of retelling…Brooks’ real accomplishment is that she also enables readers to feel the spirit of the place.”

    New York Times

  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • “Its storytelling magic is as timeless as the tale it tells.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With sensory acuity and a deep and complex understanding of emotional states, she conjures up the way we lived then…Brooks has humanized the king and cleverly added a modern perspective to our understanding of him.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Narrator Paul Boehmer delivers a superb performance…Boehmer’s characters live through his vocal magic…Boehmer captures every nuance as David overindulges his baseness and carnality. Further, Boehmer’s Hebrew pronunciations are splendid. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “First rate…Tense, dramatic, and beautifully written, Brooks’ rich narrative brings new depth to one of the Bible’s most intriguing heroes.”

    BookPage

  • “Brooks’ interest in religious commitment accrues rich rewards in this ambitious and psychologically astute novel…[by] an adroit storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] gorgeously written novel…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

  • “A skillful reimagining…gracefully and intelligently told.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An October 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Indie Next List Pick for October 2015
  • A BookPage Top Pick of Books for October 2015
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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