Blackburn Fork Publishing

Noah's Wife

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ISBN: 9780984083640
Publisher: Blackburn Fork Publishing
Publication Date: 2009-10-02
Number of pages: 366
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A ForeWord Reviews BOOK OF THE YEAR for Historical Fiction.
 
Noah's Wife transports readers to an ancient time and place, while delvinginto issues that affect our contemporary lives--family relationships, autism,religious freedom, kidnapping and cultural change.  Thorne's version weaves myth, history, and archeologicalfindings with her vivid imagination, wisdom and humor into an epic taleyou will not forget. Told from the unique perspective of a young girl with whatis now called Aspergers, this is the story of Noah's completely unknown wife,Na'amah.
 
Na'amah wishes only tobe a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey-- a desire shattered bythe hatred of her powerful brother and the love of two men.
 
Her savant abilities andpenchant to speak truth forces her to walk a dangerous path in an age ofchange--a time of challenge to the goddess' ancient ways, when cultures clashand the earth itself is unstable.  Whenforeign raiders kidnap her, Na'amah's journey to escape and return home becomesan attempt to save her people from the disaster only she knows is coming.
 
A few interesting tidbits:
 
*Scientists (including RobertBallard, the explorer who found the sunken Titanic) discovered evidence thatthe Black Sea was once a fresh water lake that flooded in a cataclysmic eventaround 5500.
 
*The oldest known worshipped deitywas female!  The role of the feminine inthe divine was entwined with early Judaism and keeps reappearing throughouthistory.
 
*One in every 88 persons has a formof autism.  The choice to make Noah'swife an Asperger savant stemmed from personal experience in the author's lifeand gives the story a distinctive perspective.

EXCERPT:

"My name, Na'amah, means pleasant or beautiful. I am not alwayspleasant, but I am beautiful. Perhaps that is why I am trundled atopthis beast like a roll of hides for market and surrounded by grim-facedmen. If my captors had bothered to ask me, I would have told them thattheir prize is of questionable value because my mind is damaged. Butthey did not, and I lie draped, belly down, across the back of anaurochs, a large black ox with an eel stripe that runs down his spine and a stench worse than a rutting goat.

CRITICAL PRAISE:

"T.K. Thorne is a magical writer.  InNoah's Wife, she turns Biblical lore upside down...and makes us believe everyword of this novel is true.  Her writingis flat-out brilliant and spellbinding. ...I couldn't put it down."                                                                
 --Elsa Rutherford, NiftyPickle.comcolumnist, novelist

". . . a terrific storyteller, with the ability to transport readers from one time and place to another."-Sena Jeter Naslund

". . . an extraordinary work."  
--Dianne Mooney, founder of Southern Living At Home

". . . a novel of epic sweep, emotional power, and considerable beauty."--Ron Gholson, The Blount Countian

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