Well I must admit that Ms. Brooks sure can write! This is a really nice read on the history of a small illustrated Jewish religious book. The story covers over 500 years of history through four vignettes along with a arc story to ties it all together.
I found the stories of the history of the book fascinating, and learned much history through the characters, settings and environments. However, the four stories were also my gripe with the book: since each story was different characters in a different time, this was less a novel than a set of short stories with a wrapper.
Those that compare this with The Da Vinci Code haven't read one of the two books! The slight political story that runs through the book is really just a fifth story of the book in the current time than it is a tale of intrigue.
I will be sure to check out Ms. Brooks' book March based on my enjoyment of this book.