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Crown Publishing Group, Apr 26, 2005 - Fiction - 325 pages
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Sarah's story begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah balks at the marriage her father has planned for her. On her wedding day, she impulsively ?ees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls, where she meets a young man named Abram, son of a tribe of outsiders. Drawn to this exotic stranger, Sarah spends one night with him and reluctantly returns to her father's house. But on her return, she secretly drinks a poisonous potion that will make her barren and thus un?t for marriage.

Many years later, Abram returns to Ur and discovers that the lost, rebellious girl from the marsh has been transformed into a splendid woman—the high priestess of the goddess Ishtar. But Sarah gives up her exalted life to join Abram's tribe and follow the one true God, an invisible deity who speaks only to Abram. It is then that her journey truly begins.

From the great ziggurat of Ishtar to the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, Sarah's story reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue, and miracles.

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This is a beautiful story of the life of Sarah. I was enthralled from the beginning until the end. Ive read many of Marek Halters books with the exception of Mary thats next on my list! and this is by ... Read full review

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A young, rebellious woman who must make choices related to her bodily changes, family and cultural expectations, sexuality, security, and emotions, as she is to become a high priestess of self-sacrifice will be forced to make the ultimate decision in her life.

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Marek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. His family escaped the Warsaw Ghetto and settled in France. He is the author of several internationally acclaimed bestselling novels, including The Book of Abraham. Halter's second and third novels about women of the Bible, Zipporah and Lilah, will be published in 2005 and 2006, respectively. He lives in Paris.

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