This book is extremely dense, but worth the read. Brooks is clearly a bright, thoughtful, talented author. I found her concept intriguing, and relished the historical portions of the book. Frankly, though, I wasn't in love with her main characters. Hanna was clinical and unlikeably cold, and I found her supposed love story abrupt and unbelievable. Her paramour had possibilities, but then his story line was left undeveloped until it was convenient to pick it up again, awkwardly. Hanna's mother was just downright hateful. I really wanted to spend all my time with the characters in the Haggadah's history instead, and leave the present alone. Those were the only things that kept me from really enjoying and devouring the book.