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Naamah

A Novel
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 9 hrs
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A wildly imaginative novel of the reluctant heroine who rescued life on earth.

With the coming of the Great Flood - the mother of all disasters - only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. 

Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her own - questions of service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate. 

In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the ark that rescued life on earth and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience.

©2019 Sarah Blake (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Glorious.... Blake’s prose is bewitching, and this narrative is an essential correction to the Bible’s male-dominated mythology.” (Nylon, 50 books you’ll want to read in 2019)

“A poetic debut of biblical proportions.... [In] mesmerizing prose poem-esque sections, the novel explores themes of sexuality, purpose, loss, love, and faith.” (Kirkus Reviews

“Sarah Blake's dazzling novel Naamah offers a new vision of storytelling and belief, rendered through the body of a woman. In this beautiful reconception of a flood, Noah's wife emerges as an earth-bound soul savior as well as a desiring body capable of generating epic myth. In between hope and hell, and up against the divine, Naamah reminds us that the bodies and voices of women were always the heart of the story. Naamah is a new myth-making triumph.” (Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children

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Brave and beautiful!

This novel is a provocative, vivid, and deeply felt re-imaging of the flood myth. It centers around Namaah, the wife of Noah, who (as women do) inhabits many roles—mother, lover, caretaker, visionary, and midwife. She alone has the courage to question and confront the God who has wiped out most of human and animal life. Thank you, Sarah Blake, for upending a patriarchal canon. Prepare to be transported and transformed by this brave and beautiful work.

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this is not an historical novel!!!

This book was full of homosexuality and incest and will be a shock to people of faith.
I can only surmise that the author is an atheist and could not choose a genre, so she just threw odd time traveling ,incest and
alternate life choices together in the hope it would appeal to enough people that they would not notice the poor writing skills.
I am a 76 year old great grandmother and was looking for an historical novel about Noah and his family and nothing in the book description of this book gave the slightest indication that it was trash.
I would appreciate your removing it from my kindles and replacing my token.
no, I am not a homophobe. I am just not fond of this kind of deception in advertising and certainly not time traveling incest.

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