novel: present-day search for book illuminated by female
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Hope someone can help. This is what I remember from a book I read in the early 1990s (I think).
Part historical novel, part modern day. Historical: father is a book scribe and illuminator who teaches his daughter (females did not do these things in those days) to illuminate books. Modern day takes place in the Croatia or Serbia area during the wars and someone finds this old female-illuminated book. Modern day also takes place in Washington, DC, where a female book curator(?) has been searching for this old book. thank you
People of the Book?
The novel tells the fictional story of Hanna Heath, an Australian book conservator who is responsible for restoring the Haggadah. The story alternates between sections set in the present day with Heath and other sections showing the history of the Haggadah.
Told in reverse chronological order, the story follows the Haggadah backward in time as it travels across Europe, from war-torn Sarajevo to the book's origins. It also explains such clues as missing silver clasps, preserved butterfly remnants, and various stains and spots, which are all eventually explained as part of the manuscript's long history.
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