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Noah’s wife is Na’amah, a brilliant young girl with a form of autism (now) known as Aspergers. Na’amah wishes only to be a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey–a desire shattered by the hatred of her powerful brother, the love of two men, and a disaster that threatens her world
I loved the way the narrative centered around Na’amah. It really is a coming of age story of sorts. Imagine being a female in 5500 BCE? Ah no thanks. Add being a female in 5500 BCE with Asperger Syndrome? Ah no thanks again. Welcome to Na’amah’s brutal world. Not going to lie, I was more than curious to see how the author was going to work AS into the entire story.
Na’amah is a compelling character. This young lady endures the unimaginable with strength beyond belief. Yes she faces endless challenges but she also possesses gifts she will come to understand as time passes. Her AS ostracizes her from her village, she realizes she is different not quite grasping why. I don’t have a lot of personal experience with AS, the sketch the author drew seemed plausible and a subtle indicator of AS. I felt AS was handled in a respectful manner and never used as a limitation in Na’amah’s development overall.
Characterization was well done, I even enjoyed the love triangle between Na’amah, Noah and Yanner. Tubal evoked zero empathy from me. His evil demeanor overshadow his victim card. He is memorable but I just couldn’t feel for him except pure loathing. Savta stole my heart, an endearing women, serving as a buffer as best she could under horrible circumstances.
The writing is beautiful and well done initially serving as the catalyst pulling me into the story.
Despite the title, Noah’s Wife is not Christian based at all, rather it focuses on a time when people were torn between Mother Goddess and Father God. And this is where the story slides down a slippery slope for me. Half way through the book Mother Goddess vs. Father God dominates the narrative and it becomes too much. I found my focus straying and my interest forced. Totally lost me from this point on and I was saddened.
Another area I found off putting, the male on male rape, incest descriptions. I felt it overdone. I’m sure this behavior was common during this time but it was a little too much and unexpected for this reader. In all fairness, the book took a turn in many ways half way through, it dragged and had so much going on it just went in too many directions for my taste.
I found Noah’s Wife to be a read relying heavily on individual taste. I encourage you to discover where this fits in your taste spectrum.
This is my first book by Thorne and I will read at least two more of her works to determine our chemistry. I liken this one to a ‘first date’ too soon to determine our future but the potential is there, third date determines compatibility for an ongoing relationship.
A story of a young woman’s journey riddled with deep dark family secrets, betrayal, hatred, love, family, with her strength and determination carrying her through the bright and dark sides life places upon us.
A few interesting tidbits:
Scientists (including Robert Ballard, the explorer who found the sunken Titanic) discovered evidence that the Black Sea was once a fresh water lake that flooded in a cataclysmic event around 5500.
The oldest known worshiped deity was female! The role of the feminine in the divine was entwined with early Judaism and keeps reappearing throughout history.
One in every 88 persons has a form of autism. The choice to make Noah’s wife an Asperger savant stemmed from personal experience in the author’s life and gives the story a distinctive perspective.
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TK Thorne was the first Jewish woman to become a police officer in Birmingham, AL (USA). She retired as a captain and currently serves as executive director of the city’s business improvement district—both careers providing fodder for her writing. Her debut novel Noah’s Wife won ForeWord Reviews’ “Book of the Year” for historical fiction. The New York Post featured her book Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers on their “Books You Should Be Reading” list. A short film from her screenplay Six Blocks Wide was a semi-finalist at “A Film for Peace Festival” in Italy. She describes herself as a writer, humanist, dog-mom, horse-servant, and cat-slave.
Her next novel, Angels at the Gate, published by Cappuccino Books, will be released in March 2015. She blogs at http://www.TKs-tales.com and her web site is http://www.TKThorne.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign Up for T.K. Thorne’s newsletter.
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