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Born in Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks attended Sydney University and worked as a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to New York to complete her journalism masters at Columbia University and then take a job at the Wall Street Journal.
Her introduction to the publishing world came with two non-fiction works, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Both books were very well received with the former becoming an international bestseller (translated into 17 languages) and the latter winning the Nita Kibble Literary Award for women’s writing. Her fiction debut was in 2001 with Years of Wonder, and in 2005 she received a Pulitzer Prize for her second novel entitled March.
Brooks ' most recent effort is People of The Book, a work of historical fiction based on the imagined history of one of the oldest surviving illuminated Jewish texts, the Sarajevo Haggadah. The story follows the book backward in time from war-torn Sarajevo through the centuries and across Europe examining the roles each of the different owners played in the book’s history.