Skip to content

Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord

(Fiction, 316 p. 2015)

This inventive reimagination of one of literature’s most iconic and enigmatic figures renowned in history and legend, goes beyond the myth to bring David the man to life in Second Iron Age Israel. Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

Discussion questions from LitLovers

Kirkus Review

Review by Alice Hoffman, Washington Post, September 28, 2015

Review by Alana Newhouse, New York Times, October 22, 2015

Review by Meredith Jaffe, Guardian, October 7, 2015

Random House interviews Geraldine Brooks

Rachel Martin interviews Geraldine Brooks, NPR, October 14, 2015 (7 min. audio)