by Geraldine Brooks
We listened to this book on CD while travelling and really enjoyed the story. I was especially impressed with the narrator, Edwina Wren, who did a great job of speaking in both the voice and the accent fitting the different characters. The main story line follows a rare book expert who is hired to restore a 500 year old illuminated Jewish prayer book that had survived wars, book burnings, and religious persecutions. Interesting side stories from throughout the history of the book develop as various clues found during the book's restoration are deciphered. I loved the historical background mixed with the personal drama of the characters.