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PREMIER EVENT: Geraldine Brooks in conversation with Lalita Tademy

Monday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Secret Chord

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Join us for an evening with Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March. Her new novel, The Secret Chord, is about one of literature's richest and most enigmatic figures: King David, 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.

Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize–winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

Lalita Tademy is the New York Times Bestselling author of three historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was an Oprah summer Book Pick and became San Francisco’s One City, One Book in 2007. Stanford recently selected Cane River as assigned reading for all incoming freshmen in 2015. Her second novel, Red River, was released to critical acclaim in 2007. Her third novel, Citizens Creek, was published in November 2014.

Event date: 
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349
Caleb's Crossing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143121077
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

People of the Book: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115007
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

Year of Wonders: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001431
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

March: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143036661
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2006

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385475778
Published: Anchor - December 1st, 1995

The Secret Chord: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670025770
Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015