The story of Esther is told in the form of a diary, which is reprinted admist newspapers clippings and scholarly commentary (all made up). This creates a lively retelling of the story, with Esther being a woman much like those of today. In fact a little bit too much like a 20th century women, the voice of her "diary" seemed inauthentic to me. But otherwise the story was very enjoyable and I found myself mulling over it afterwards. Which since it was based on scripture was a very good thing.