"Noe says, -I must build a boat.
-A boat, she says.
-A ship, more like. I'll need the boys to help, he adds as an afterthought.
-We're leagues from the sea, she says, or any river big enough to warrant a boat.
This conversation is making Noe impatient. -I've no need to explain myself to you.
-And when you're done, she says carefully, we'll be taking this ship to the sea somehow?
As usual, Noe's impatience fades quickly. -We'll not be going to the sea. The sea will be coming to us."
In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe as he's called here)-his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law-tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection. And once the rain starts, they all realize that the true test of their faith is just beginning. Because the family is trapped on the ark with thousands of animals-with no experience feeding or caring for them, and no idea of when the waters will recede. What emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event, with all the tension, humanity-even humor-that implies.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing
Mildly funny and quite clever treatment of that age-old Genesis flood story. Full of marital love, human weakness, smart (naturalist/paleontologist) daughters-in law, faith (of course), wrath, and uncertainty. Oh, and lots of "rutting". Read full review
Review: The PreservationistUser Review - Daniel - Goodreads
I picked this up as a recommended "alternative" to the Noah movie, as apparently it was more accurate and had humor. And it was on sale. At points, The Preservationist was a really good novelization ... Read full review