“People of the Book" filled with "danger, oppression and high drama"

In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.

From the review:

"The forensic details of manuscript analysis are far more interesting and subtle than Hanna’s personal evolution. How did the Haggadah pick up a wine stain, cat’s hair or saltwater mark? How did it lose the silver clasps that are notable by their absence? Each of these questions has a chapter, and these puzzle pieces are interspersed with segments devoted to Hanna. Every historical sequence is filled with danger, oppression and high drama."