This week on Well Read, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Secret Chord (2015). Published in October, The Secret Chord “imagines the life and character of King David in all his complexity.” Through a series of interviews conducted by Hebrew prophet Natan, David’s chief counselor, Brooks explores David’s many crucial relationships, including his love of the beautiful Batsheva, and his bond with second son, Solomon.
No stranger to the historical fiction genre—her internationally best-selling first novel, Year of Wonders (2001), depicts a plague-stricken seventeenth-century village; the Pulitzer Prize–winning March (2005) envisions the life of Little Women’s Captain March; and the Australian Book of the Year, People of the Book (2008), takes on the restoration of a famed illuminated manuscript—Brooks’ latest, unsurprisingly, “feels simultaneously ancient, accessible, and timeless” according to the Booklist review. In the video clip above, Brooks talks shepherding and goat-hair tents in David’s birthplace, Israel.
To watch her full conversation with Tazioli and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule and World Channel beginning this Friday, May 6th.
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