Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 352 pages
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The young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is destined for greatness. Known only as “wife” in the Bible and cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, this unnamed woman—fated to become the mother of all generations after the great flood—lives anew through Rebecca Kanner. The author gives this virtuous woman the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories come alive like never before.

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. Noah’s wife struggles to know her own identity and value. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. While Noah carries out the Lord’s commands, she tries to hide her mark and her shame as she weathers the scorn and taunts of the townspeople.

But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beautifully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.
  

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I loved this ending. - Goodreads
It was dark and often crude and difficult to read. - Christianbook.com
The writing of this book was really good. - Goodreads
The authors portrayal of Noah irks me. - Christianbook.com
The story is very lewd and hard to read as a christian. - Christianbook.com
It is not a biblical portrayal of the true events. - Christianbook.com

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If I could give this book a score of zero I would. This is a horrid portrayal of Noah. He is shown as a weak spineless crazy man who ignores his family. His son's are portrayed as adulterous ... Read full review

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User Review  - SusanKay - Christianbook.com

If I could give this book a score of zero I would. This is a horrid portrayal of Noah. He is shown as a weak spineless crazy man who ignores his family. His son's are portrayed as adulterous ... Read full review

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Contents

A Marked and Nameless Girl NmoNIOUIOOWCTW Chapter 2 A Trade OOOm1C7OOU1IN Chapter 3 The Power of the Mark I
28
A Journey Deep into the Desert
40
Sorum
50
Giants
61
My Husbands Tent
65
Noah
69
Herai
74
Sons and Demons
82
Flesh
197
A Question a Deal
202
The Slave Woman
205
Last Light
207
BOOK Two
217
Darkness
219
The Giant Versus the Sea
224
Life Aboard the Ark
236

Javans March
90
Noahs Sons
98
Ham _ Chapter 14 Herai and My Sons
107
Humbled
109
Shem
111
Javans Proposal
114
Muttering
120
DaughtersinLaw
126
The Caravan
143
The Other Prophets Daughter
154
The Ark
159
Zilphas Beloved Mammoth
167
The Towns Laughter
170
The Rudder
173
Helping Hands Strange Tongues
175
A Sign
188
Countdown
190
Beyond the Reach of Light
244
A Ship in the Distance
247
A Missed Moon
257
The Beating
261
Meat
268
A Deception
274
Day 41
280
Manosh
287
The Power of the Mark 11
293
Prophetess
296
The Gods Eye
300
The Sea Goes Still
313
Two Birds and a Branch
318
The New World
320
Acknowledgments 339
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Rebecca Kanner’s writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award and a Loft Mentorship Award. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. She is a freelance writer and teaches writing at The Loft in Minneapolis.

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