Books by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, the bestselling Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal's Journey from Down Under to All Over. She is also a former war correspondent


THE SECRET CHORD by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skillful reimagining of stories already well-known to any well-versed reader of the Bible gracefully and intelligently told."
"He was big enough, but no giant." With that gently dismissive allowance, spoken by the biblical King David, Brooks (Caleb's Crossing, 2011, etc.) continues to explore the meaning of faith and religion in ordinary life.Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2011 by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Each one of these stories could establish itself as some reader's favorite."
Another stellar selection from an anthology that has sustained high standards for 35 years. Read full book review >
CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"While no masterpiece, this work nevertheless contributes in good measure to the current and very welcome revitalization of the historical novel."
The NBA-winning Australian-born, now New England author (People of the Book, 2008, etc.) moves ever deeper into the American past. Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Rich suspense based on a true-life literary puzzle, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Brooks (March, 2005, etc.)."
From 1480 Seville to 1996 Sarajevo, a priceless scripture is chased by fanatics political and religious. Its recovery makes for an enthralling historical mystery. Read full book review >
MARCH by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2005

"The battle scenes are riveting, the human drama flat."
Brooks combines her penchant for historical fiction (Year of Wonders, 2001, etc.) with the literary-reinvention genre as she imagines the Civil War from the viewpoint of Little Women's Mr. March (a stand-in for Bronson Alcott). Read full book review >
YEAR OF WONDERS by Geraldine Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2001

"In between the more hysterical moments, Brooks writes quite beautifully. But Year of Wonders was a mistake."
Painstaking re-creation of 17th-century England, swallowed by over-the-top melodramatics: a wildly uneven first novel by an Australian-born journalist. Read full book review >
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE by Geraldine Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Brooks discovers what many of us learn only as we age—that there's no place like home. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An evocative, superbly written tale of a woman's journey to self-understanding. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, Brooks is a fine storyteller, though at times her tales feel incomplete. (Author tour)"
A well-crafted, absorbing account of Islamic women's lives as seen through the eyes of a secular-minded, Australian-born feminist journalist. Read full book review >