WordsAPlenty received from the author a copy of Noah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Thorne is also a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and won ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year for Historical Fiction.
It is difficult for one to imagine living in 5500 BE and comprehend the societal norms of that time period. T.K. Thorne crafts an amazing story weaving it carefully with myth, biblical and historical facts about one woman’s struggle; a woman overshadowed by her husband Noah’s prominence in history. Thorne provides an extraordinary tale that is tender, horrific and riveting.
5500 BE was a time in which societal norms allowed cultural, relationships, social roles, religion and expectations to be one sided and unfair as well as violent. One young woman named Na’amah, her name meaning beautiful and pleasant, suffers from a condition that prevents her from lying and allows her to see things differently and more clearly than most (this condition is now known as Asperger’s).
“Whenever things got too confusing, I rocked and sang, so I did that. Savata said the Goddess graced my voice in compensation for my other faults. I hugged my knees to my chest, closed my eyes and sang softly, rocking my upper body in rhythm with the tune, a shepherd’s song of stars and the stir of sheep in moonlight.”
Shunned by her brother because their mother died in childbirth, Na’amah suffers many indignations that are violent and shaming. As a result of her brothers violent and hateful actions, Na’amah is captured and prepared for life as a slave. She further experiences a loss so great that she fears there will be no return.
For Na’amah and her village, religion has played a major role in their lives, but she questions the existence of Father God and Mother Goddess.
“How could the world have turned from joy to disaster in such a short spate of time? Most would blame the gods, looking for how they had offended or failed to honor them. Perhaps I should. Perhaps Father God and Mother Goddess were angry with me for my disbelief and punished me. For the first time, I wanted to believe for reasons beyond the fact that a slip of tongue could get me thrown in the pit. Believing would give me some measure of comfort, some chance for control.”
Na’amah must overcome debilitating loss, struggle through relationships and find her way back home to Noah, her grandmother and help save her people.
Thorne presents her readers with recurring issues that members of society continue to struggle with today; she presents them in a creative and engrossing manner. Carefully woven with biblical and mythical accounts, historical events and facts, Thorne intertwines her rich and colorful imagination into this tale of Noah’s wife.
I read this book in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. It was absolutely a fascinating and consuming tale that has been creatively crafted to draw its reader in. Thorne develops and grows her characters in a realistic and engaging manner that shows a wide range of emotions and depth – tenderness, love, hatred, fear and bravery. Rich in vivid imagery, Thorne’s story is told from a woman’s view but captures the male elements expertly.
Thorne is a creative and masterful story teller, researching and blending her imagination into an engagingly rich story. I look forward to reading more by her!
This is an amazing book. One that I highly recommend. WordsAPlenty proudly awards this book with a five-star rating.