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Geraldine Brooks

Australia (1955 - )

Geraldine Brooks was born and raised in Australia. After moving to the USA she worked for eleven years on the Wall Street Journal, covering stories from some of the world's most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, was set during the English plague year of 1666, and became an international bestseller. She lives with her husband and son in rural Virginia and is currently a fellow at Harvard University.
Geraldine Brooks recommends
Mahjar (2005)
Eva Sallis
"In Mahjar, Sallis wields her great gifts of empathy and eloquence to render human beings in full unflinching detail. It is a book of journeys, passionate and powerful."
There, Where The Pepper Grows (2005)
Bem Le Hunte
"Bem Le Hunte is, quite simply, a wonderful novelist."
The Night Journal (2006)
Elizabeth Crook
"A vividly imagined and emotionally unsparing account of lives both damaged and redeemed by love."
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke (2010)
(Satucket, book 3)
Sally Gunning and Sally Cabot Gunning
"Beautifully researched and ardently imagined, Gunning's writing is so vivid you can taste the salt in the Cape Cod air... Her Satucket novels are destined to become classics."
The Call (2011)
Yannick Murphy
"This is a wonderful novel. Original, suspenseful, funny, and profoundly moving. It's about family, community, the human bond with animals, and - oh yeah - spaceships. I am in awe of Yannick Murphy's achievement and I plan to recommend it to everyone I know."
The Possibility of You (2012)
Pamela Redmond
"The Possibility of You is an exploration of love and family, of race and of relationships... Complex and compelling and compulsively readable."
The Railwayman's Wife (2014)
Ashley Hay
"Exquisitely written and deeply felt, The Railwayman's Wife is limpid and deep as the rock pools on the coastline beloved by this book's characters and just as teeming with vibrant life. Ashley Hay's novel of love and pain is a true book of wonders."
The Waiting Room (2016)
Leah Kaminsky
"The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting."
The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping (2017)
Aharon Appelfeld
"As its title suggests, there is a dazed, dreamlike quality to the prose of this bildungsroman, in which a masterly English translation by Jeffrey M. Green manages to retain the direct, concrete quality of the original Hebrew as well as its austere poetry."
Eternal Life (2018)
Dara Horn
"An elegant musing on sacredness, history, and purpose that is, at the same time, a deliciously romantic, highly suspenseful page-turner."

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