People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by a Pulitzer winning author. People of the Book traces the harrowing journey of a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Copies of the book area available at the library.