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Geraldine Brooks (1) (1955–)

Author of People of the Book

For other authors named Geraldine Brooks, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, "Nine Parts of Desire" and "Foreign Correspondence." A former war correspondent, her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. (Publisher Provided) Geraldine Brooks was born in show more Sydney, Australia on September 14, 1955. She attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years. In 1982, she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master's program at Columbia University in New York City. She later worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. She has written both fiction and non-fiction books including Year of Wonders, Nine Parts of Desire, and The Secret Chord. She has won several awards including the Nita Kibble Literary Award for Foreign Correspondence, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for March, the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award for Caleb's Crossing, and the Australian Book of the Year Award and the Australian Literary Fiction Award in 2008 for People of the Book. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book (2008) 9,989 copies
Year of Wonders (2001) 8,733 copies
March (2005) 6,717 copies
Caleb's Crossing (2011) 3,358 copies
Horse (2022) 1,579 copies
The Secret Chord (2015) 1,440 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Editor — 351 copies
The Idea of Home (2011) 22 copies

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Brooks, Geraldine
Country (for map)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Places of residence
Waterford, Virginia, USA
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
University of Sydney (BA)
Columbia University (MA, Journalisme | 1983)
Bethlehem College
Horwitz, Tony (Epoux)
The Wall Street Journal (Journaliste)
Sydney Morning Herald (Journaliste)
Harvard University, Sydney, Australie
Awards and honors
Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, Harvard University (2006)
Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
Helmerich Award (2009)
Prix Pulitzer de la fiction (2006)
Officier de l'Ordre de l'Australia (2016) (show all 7)
Université de Sydney (Doctorat honoris causa)
Kris Dahl (ICM)
Short biography
Geraldine Brooks (born 14 September 1955) is an Australian-American journalist and novelist whose 2005 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

A native of Sydney, Geraldine Brooks grew up in its inner-west suburb of Ashfield. Her father, Lawrie Brooks, was an American big-band singer who was stranded in Adelaide on a tour of Australia when his manager absconded with the band's pay; he decided to remain in Australia, and became a newspaper sub-editor; her mother Gloria, from Boorowa, was a public relations officer with radio station 2GB in Sydney. She attended Bethlehem College, a secondary school for girls, and the University of Sydney. Following graduation, she was a rookie reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and, after winning a Greg Shackleton Memorial Scholarship, moved to the United States, completing a master's degree at New York City's Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983. The following year, in the Southern France artisan village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, she married American journalist Tony Horwitz and converted to Judaism.

As a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she covered crises in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East, with the stories from the Persian Gulf which she and her husband reported in 1990, receiving the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for "Best Newspaper or Wire Service Reporting from Abroad". In 2006, she was awarded a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Brooks's first book, Nine Parts of Desire (1994), based on her experiences among Muslim women in the Middle East, was an international bestseller, translated into 17 languages. Foreign Correspondence (1997), which won the Nita Kibble Literary Award for women's writing, was a memoir and travel adventure about a childhood enriched by penpals from around the world, and her adult quest to find them.

Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, became an international bestseller. Set in 1666, the story depicts a young woman's battle to save fellow villagers as well as her own soul when the bubonic plague suddenly strikes her small Derbyshire village of Eyam.



Group Read: Horse by Geraldine Brooks in 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (February 2023)


It's not that it was badly written, although the jumping around of times and places didn't sit well with me. Mainly it there were too many parts that took place during war times and those made me uncomfortable. Too bad because it's a great subject. But when I went to bed I didn't look forward to reading, and decided after a couple of weeks of this, that life is too short to slog through a book you don't like. There have been an unprecedented number of these this year. Maybe it's me...
dvoratreis | 497 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
written in 3 parts. First from the 1800's. a slave and his love and connection to his race horse. the second is modern times. A researcher sees the bones of this horse and meets a black man who has a picture of a well known race horse. They find that this is the same horse and meanwhile form a relationship. the black man is very conscience of "Race" differences between blacks and whites. the third part is how the picture came to a famous art collector.
evatkaplan | 92 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
Why Geraldine? Why? You write historical fiction so beautifully and I have loved your previous books. Aside from the Old Testament, there is little enough archaeological evidence to support King David, and none of it indicates that David was gay. Biblical accounts indicate the total opposite. Sorry, this story line just doesn't fly with me.
milbourt | 76 other reviews | May 11, 2024 |
In 1665, the deadly bubonic plague settled in Eyam, a small town in Derbyshire. The inhabitants, moved by the words of their priest, William Mompesson, chose to isolate the village, neither travelling out of it nor allowing others into it, dooming its citizenry to die without outside aid, and saving those outside the village from contact with the disease. It was a brave move, one which would not go amiss in the 21st century's plague of Covid-19. In the novel Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks recreates the village of Eyam and its inhabitants, and pulls the reader headlong into the disease-ridden hamlet.

I was fascinated by the book and the people within it. The book focuses on Anna Frith, who has lost two small sons to the disease, and on the local rector and his wife, who provide practical help and spiritual comfort to the dying and their families. I can't believe how quickly I read the book; it was that engrossing. The book is definitely one of my favourites of 2020, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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ahef1963 | 415 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |



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