Book Review: Noah's Wife
Noah's Wife by T.K. Thorne was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day!
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About the Author
T.K.Thorne’s childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. “It was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.” When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham’s business improvement district as the executive director before retiring again to write full time.
T.K. speaks on life lessons--how she accidentally became a police officer, didn't end up in a space capsule, and tackled historical novels about unnamed women in two of the oldest and most famous stories on earth, as well as writing a book from the case investigators' perspectives about solving the most infamous church bombing in Civil Rights history.
Her writing has garnered several awards, including ForeWord Review Magazine's 2009 "Book of the Year" for Historical Fiction for her debut novel, NOAH'S WIFE. The New York Post’s “Books You Should Be Reading” list featured her first non-fiction book, LAST CHANCE FOR JUSTICE which details the investigation of the 1963 Sixteenth Street church bombing case. Rave reviews have followed her newest novel about the unnamed wife of Lot, ANGELS AT THE GATE, which won the IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Award for historical fiction and an IPPY award. Her screenplay in the film "Six Blocks Wide" was a semi-finalist at the international "A Film for Peace Festival" in Italy.
Her website is TKThorne.com, where you can read more about her books and sign up for a Newsletter with inside info on her research and adventures. She blogs there, as well, and loves to hear from readers. T.K. writes at her mountaintop home near Birmingham, often with two dogs and a cat vying for her lap.
I love good historical fiction when it manages to create a world from the past and really bring it to life, and this one does it better than most. It has won a lot of rewards, and for good reason! Anyone who likes historical fiction will want to check this one out!
Na'amah is a young woman who faces numerous trials when dealing with the aspects of humanity involving men and divinity, and she has her own unique form of autism to deal with as well. She is an easy character to sympathize and the themes of the story are incredibly strong and vibrant.
I loved the symbolism of the story and the way in which they depicted how man has used divinity to control and manipulate women, and how even society on its own can be used to hold women back. Na'amah perseveres and overcomes so much and the men who were abusing her were easy to hate and embodied so much social commentary.
All in all, the book is incredible and it really managed to bring the characters to life and this setting in Turkey. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes good social commentary historical fiction about strong women.
About the Book
Noah's Wife transports readers to an ancient time and place, while delving into issues that affect our contemporary lives--family relationships, autism, religious freedom, kidnapping and cultural change. A biblical novel that is not "Christian Fiction," T.K. Thorne's version weaves myth, history, and archeological findings with her vivid imagination, wisdom and humor into an epic tale you will not forget. Told from the unique perspective of a young girl with what is now called Aspergers, this is the story of Noah's completely unknown wife, Na'amah.
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 and the love of two men.
Her savant abilities and penchant to speak truth forces her to walk a dangerous path in an age of change--a time of challenge to the goddess' ancient ways, when cultures clash and the earth itself is unstable. When foreign raiders kidnap her, Na'amah's journey to escape and return home becomes an attempt to save her people from the disaster only she knows is coming.