Marginalia: Geraldine Brooks

Feb 11, 2016

Credit Randi Baird

Although she has written three books of nonfiction, Geraldine Brooks is best known as an author of historical fiction. But her brand of historical fiction has a way of enriching stories that are already familiar to readers, taking us along as she traces the spread of the bubonic plague to a small English village, or discovers the history of a 15th century Haggadah through the eyes of a book conservator, or as she follows the absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to the battlefields of the Civil War. (She won a Pulitzer for that one.)



I recently spoke with Brooks about her latest novel, The Secret Chord, a reimagined story of King David. Most of us have heard his story; at the very least we are aware of his run-in with Goliath. But in this version, David’s story is brought to life as it was documented and told through the voice of a lesser-known prophet, Nathan.


Here’s our conversation:




The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks was published by Viking.


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