The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman’s new historical novel, is written from the viewpoints of four strong, independent Jewish women living in the year 70 CE. All have made their way to Masada, a fortress perched on a rocky escarpment in the Judaen Dessert, under varying circumstances, and they grow to know each other through their assigned work in the dovecotes. The Romans lay seige to the fortress, where around 900 Jews, including many woman and children, try to defend their lives and religion. Good storytelling and characterization, extensive research, interesting information about early Judaism, and an unexpectedly hopeful ending make this a great read. The audio version was excellent.