"You'll fall in love with Hanna Heath, Geraldine Brooks' edgy Aussie rare book expert with an attitude, a loner with a real passion for her work."
Hmmm, perhaps "love" is a strong verb to use describing our Hanna. After all, why should we love her when no one else seems to. Andy sees her as an "emotionally detached 30 year old wreck of a woman giving her love and attention to "the flesh and fabrics of pages." Can you believe her mother? Will she ever learn her father's identity? (I hope not!) Not that she is complaining, or even seems to notice. Is this altogether believable? I'm hoping to see more character development as we get into the story. Traudee, I agree, she can be abrasive...though I find her somewhat refreshing - I have a few friends like Hanna.
Mippy sums her up - "competent, adventuresome, complex and interesting." So, we'll use her as our competent guide - for the time being. Babi, I envy people who love what they do - totally engrossed. But we need to see her come up for air at some point, don't we?
Oh good, we hear from Gum, under the leafy trees of Perth, sipping her...lemonade! hahaha, it's so good that we are getting this straightened out from the git go. Hanna and Geraldine Brooks are from Sydney - and drink beer - from "tinnies"- - is this our first Australian term?
And she's got this plum job working on the Haggadah simply because Australia doesn't have enemies. I don't know about her qualifications, Jackie - she is quite young for this all-expense paid trip to sunny Sarajevo, isn't she? Hasn't she just turned 30? JoanK reminds us of her skills scraping the cow's intestines to make - parchment, was it? She was thorough, PatH, but still, she is so young - and there are probably more seasoned conservators who would love to get their hands on the Haggadah.
I'll bet there is a fair amount of jealousy in world of conservation! Or not? Maybe no one wants the job?
At least we are confidant in her ability to work on this antique manuscript! More importantly - so is Hanna! Why are her hands shaking?
JoanK - you just reminded me of the photo of the brewery Frybabe found - I think it's in the pre-discussion. Maybe she will bring it here again. It seemed like the pride and joy of the town - maybe I'm being flippant.
Margie, we're keeping your chair warm for you - Callie's too!
Jackie, you've read the book twice! You'll probably note things we miss the first time around! Good to have you with us to color in the lines.
Aberlaine, most of us have never seen suffering like this. I think that Geraldine Brooks' assignments to war zones as a reporter - including to Sarajevo, must have made such occurances routine - although I guess you never get accustomed to it.