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Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord 

When: Sun., Oct. 9, 2 p.m. 2016



There's David the myth, who slew Goliath with a sling and had a direct line to God through the prophet Nathan. And then there's David the man, about whom very little is known for sure. He may or may not have been a Hebrew king who united Judah and Israel; he may or may not have been a superlative musician who wrote half the Bible's Psalms. In her most recent novel, now out in paperback, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks gives the former David the latter's proportions. The title comes from Leonard Cohen ("I heard there was a secret chord/ That David played and it pleased the Lord"), the history mostly from the Bible, and the gleaming prose and vivid incidents from the author's prodigious imagination. It's like reading a streamlined Old Testament with an unexpurgated account of David's weaknesses as well as his glories, as we see him through the eyes of his prophet, his wives, and others who observe the human foibles shining though his mythic armor. —Brian Howe

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