Drawing In the Dust

Drawing In the Dust

by Zoe Klein
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Drawing In the Dust by Zoe Klein

UNFORGETTABLE DEBUT NOVEL IS A RICHLY EVOCATIVE AND BOUNDLESS LOVE STORY THAT REVERBERATES FROM BIBLICAL TIMES TO THE MODERN WORLD.

Brilliant archaeologist Page Brookstone has toiled at Israel’s storied battlegrounds of Megiddo for twelve years, yet none of the ancient remnants she has unearthed deliver the life-altering message she craves. Which is why she risks her professional reputation when a young Arab couple begs her to excavate beneath their home. Ibrahim and Naima Barakat claim the spirits of two lovers overwhelm everyone who enters with love and desire. As Page digs, she makes a miraculous discovery—the bones of the deeply troubled prophet Jeremiah locked in an eternal embrace with a mysterious woman. Buried with the entwined skeletons is a collection of scrolls that challenge centuries-old interpretations of the prophet’s story and create a worldwide fervor.

Caught in a forbidden romance of her own, and under siege from religious zealots and relentless critics, Page endangers her life to share the lovers’ story with the world. But in doing so, she discovers she must let go of her own painful past. Called a “zesty debut” by Kirkus Reviews, Zoë Klein’s historically rich novel is a lyrical and unexpected journey as poignant and thought-provoking as the beloved bestsellers The Red Tent and People of the Book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439117446
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 40,787
File size: 960 KB

About the Author

ZOË KLEIN pursued the rabbinate out of a passion for ancient texts, mythology, liturgy and poetry. Zoë Klein has written for Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Tikkun. She has written chapters in 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 has appeared as a commentator on the History Channel in “Digging for the Truth.” She lives with her family, where she is the senior rabbi of a large congregation.

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Drawing in the Dust 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For Twelve years American archeologist Page Brookstone has dug at the biblical site Megiddo, Israel, but is bone weary. She knows she needs a change to rejuvenate her creative juices as the dig has become tedious to her in spite of Norris Anderson, who worked with her late legendary father.-------- The car of an Arab couple Naima and Ibrahim breaks down near the dig. Page offers them tea inside her tent. They soon invite Page to investigate the two spirits who haunt the ruins under their home in Anatot near Jerusalem. Page's peers suggest it is unsafe, but she assumes they mean an American in an Arab neighborhood. She travels to the site where she and her team unearth an incredible biblical find. She soon realizes incredible is an under exaggeration as Page believes they have found the burial site of the prophet Jeremiah and his beloved Anatiya. Fascinatingly Anatiya has left her version of the times that matches up with the Book of Jeremiah. Soon the find leads to a major brouhaha while Page is attracted to Orthodox Jew Mortichai Master, who opposes the dig.-------- Rabbi Klein's terrific thriller works for three prime reasons. First it is not another Brownian clone. Second the insightful look at how tedious and methodical a biblical dig is brings authenticity to the plot. Finally, Arabs like Naima and Ibrahim are intelligent highly educated people. Rabbi Klein shows respect and admiration of Israeli and Arab cultures. Fast-paced with a strong support cast, readers will dig the superb DRAWING IN THE DUST as the Prophet Jeremiah comes alive through his writings and that of the woman he loved Anatiya.------- Harriet Klausner
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Page Brookstrone has been searching her whole life, for the meaning of life, the meaning of her life. She has a terrible legacy she hopes she won't fulfill but is afraid non-the-less to realize it's truth. At a young age her father died after a battle with ALS so she now devotes her life to the dead, the long dead as an archeologist and as she searches in Israel for treasures hidden in it's dust she discovers something amazing, something life altering, something controversial and something heralding in her field. Now the true question is, what will she do. Will she go along with the status quo, or will she ford a new stream and take a stand. Zoe is an astonishing storyteller as she spellbinds you from the first page and keeps you there until the novel is finished. Her plot is an always interesting subject for me as I love ancient history and archeology and adore stories of powerful women. Her dialogue is prose like in it's flow, exact enough for a textbook when she goes into her science speak and scholarly in her theology. She will paint pictures in your mind of her scenes that will leave you breathless in their graphic depictions. She gives us amazingly diverse characters that will leave you in awe, some you will grow to love and some you will learn to despise. Her champion Page is a multilevel character who is tenacious in her chosen field and yet is vulnerable and immature in her own person. As we watch her grow through the tale we gain more respect for her and begin to understand what makes her tick. Her male protagonist is a most unlikely hero and at your first meeting you'll think him just another minor figure in the book so he I will let you figure out. She has also a co-heroine and hero in the novel, but I'll let you discover them on your own as well. This is a love story, but not a romance and her portrayal will offend no one. If you love historic fiction, literary fiction, women's fiction or theological fiction then you won't be sorry you chose this read, actually anyone who reads this will be pleased they did. I personally love stories depicting capable and even forceful women especially in historic settings where we were little more than livestock to men. This is a definite must read.
Rubyredletter More than 1 year ago
This book has so much going for it. The setting in Israel is really vivid and the archaeological dig (which happens in someone's house!) is really fascinating. It's obvious that the author (who also happens to be a rabbi) really knows what she is talking about. I also loved the romance between the protagonist, who is a Christian from America, and the Jewish Orthodox scholar. The book reminds me a bit of People of the Book and it also has elements of The Red Tent. Highly enjoyable and thought-provoking!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Christian I do not recommend this book. The language is offensive, and the main character is promiscuous. When I first read the sample I expected this to, ultimately, be about the woman that Jesus saved from stoning. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I was very disappointed when I began reading and realized that, not only was the language offensive, the main character (while being put forth as a Christian woman) was sleeping around, chasing ghosts, and dropping as many bombs as the secondary characters. This book is nothing like the sample portrays. It was a waste of money, and I didn't even make it all the way through before I chose to delete it.
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amaak More than 1 year ago
This book is a cannot put down read, you learn quite a bit about the dig's in Israel and the people, Rabbi Klein writes in the most peaceful way, you fall in love with the people of different faiths & heritige. You become part of the book, you are @ the dig, she write's so visiual, you will want to get on a plane to Israel. You get excited over each find. Do not miss one of the great book's of our time.
Mountain_Muse More than 1 year ago
This was the featured read last fall on the B&N General Fiction Book Club, but I just finally got around to buying and reading Drawing in the Dust, by Zoe Klein. The story was riveting as you followed the heroine through her search for the treasure hidden in an previously undiscovered archeological site that she "stumbles" upon through an interesting series of events. What makes the book EVEN MORE riveting is the attention to detail that Zoe gives to the story of the Prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament and how she draws the story of this tragic prophet into and inter-weaves Jeremiah's story with the story of the excavation of her site. The "quoted" text of the Scroll of another prophetess, Anatiya, that is referenced through out the book is written brilliantly. The text of this "Scroll of Anatiya" is so close to the style and rhythm of the voice of Jeremiah, that you begin to wonder whether or not there is actually another unpublished scroll out there that has been unearthed and never been released to public review. I highly recommend this book to any student of the Old Testament, to any romantic at heart, to any mystery buff, and to any person who loves a great read. For those who are looking for a book that is good enough to demand a re-read.....you have found one here. I am going to have to re-read this one again --- slower this time --- that way I can slowly absorb each innuendo and phrase of the story, as well as each melodic turn of phrase of the poetry quoted from the "Scroll of Anatiya". BTW, you can also purchase the Scroll of Anatiya, as a separate book, a complete work, unto itself.
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thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
The book surprised me because I didn't expect the story to unfold as it did since it was written by a Rabbi. Rabbi Zoe Klein is apparently an open minded, modern Rabbi who portrays and develops her characters with an honesty I would have expected more from a secular author. It is a book about discovery, archeological, religious and personal. It is a book about love with all of its ramifications. I liked it especially because of its unexpected turn of events. We follow the main character as she ...more The book surprised me because I didn't expect the story to unfold as it did since it was written by a Rabbi. Rabbi Zoe Klein is apparently an open minded, modern Rabbi who portrays and develops her characters with an honesty I would have expected more from a secular author. It is a book about discovery, archeological, religious and personal. It is a book about love with all of its ramifications. I liked it especially because of its unexpected turn of events. We follow the main character as she peels back the layers of history and her own past and do not want to stop turning the pages. The book is also an interesting take on the discoveries out there, still waiting to be found. As the story unfolds, we are witnesses to a monumental archeological find which has the power to change the world, but forces, outside archeology, conspire to keep it hidden. We learn that bridges can be crossed by some, fences can be mended and perhaps a greater understanding of all people can be achieved. It will take time and patience and open minds but there can be happy endings and perhaps "love can conquer all".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is gripping right from the first page. I saw it in the bookstore and wrote it down to buy for when I'd finished my present book - I lasted 2 days before I was back buying it and I never did finish my other book! It is such a great mix of different genres and it keeps you hooked the entire time you're reading it. Loved the book and can't wait for her to write another one.
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dpantry More than 1 year ago
Drawing in the Dust is a wonderful combination of archaeological interest, discussion of religion & history, current events, mystery and romance. The book's plot was fast paced and kept my interest while still being intellectually stimulating. I look forward to reading Zoe Klein's next book.
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