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Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks had a stellar career as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, but it was her 2005 novel March which won her the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks graduated from the University of Sydney and reported for the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to New York to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1983. A year later, she married fellow journalist Tony Horwitz and converted to Judaism. As a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, she covered conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, and was honored with the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award in 1990. In 1994, she published her first novel, Nine Parts of Desire, based on women she had known in the Middle East. Her later novels include 2001’s Year of Wonders, about the Black Plague, 2005’s March, retelling Little Women from the father’s perspective, and her most ambitious work, 2008’s People of the Book, a saga of the Sarajevo Haggadah spanning centuries and continents.

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Geraldine Brooks
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Journalist and writer Geraldine Brooks.
Photo by Randi Baird.
Courtesy of GeraldineBrooks.com.

Date of Birth
September 14, 1955
Place of Birth
Sydney
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Geraldine Brooks." (Viewed on March 21, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/brooks-geraldine>.

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