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1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 1.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Kanner Narrator: Amy Rubinat Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, the young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is deprived even of a name for fear that it would make it easier for people to spread lies about her. But this virtuous woman has the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories live anew.

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 land of outcasts. Noah, a six-hundred-year-old paragon of virtue, rises to the role of preacher to a town full of sinners. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons, but she’s faced with the hardship of living with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than with her. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite a pious upbringing, have developed some sinful tendencies of their own. Her trials, though, are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells Noah that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world.

Rebecca Kanner weaves a masterful tale that breathes new life into one of the Bible’s voiceless characters. Through the eyes of Noah’s wife we see a complex world where the lines between righteousness and wickedness blur. And we are left wondering: Would I have been considered virtuous enough to save?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kanner’s is a fresh, irresistible story about the unnamed woman behind the famous ark-builder. Compelling and masterfully written.”

    Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Books of Mortals series

  • “Kanner animates a harsh, almost dystopic world of fallen people struggling to survive. Noah’s unnamed wife is a powerful, memorable character.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah’s wife. The narrative is well-articulated, evenly balanced and stimulating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rebecca Kanner’s vividly imagined telling recreates the world of the Bible and asks powerful questions about the story and about ourselves.”

    Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, author of Why Faith Matters

  • “Rebecca Kanner brings the antediluvian world of giants, prophets, and demons alive, setting her narrative in motion from the first chapter and never letting it rest. She is a writer of great dexterity, performing tricks at a full sprint.”

    Marshall Klimasewiski, author of The Cottagers and Tyrants

  • “Kanner does a masterful job.”

    Rabbi Morris Allen, Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverley Hills, California

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy | 5/13/2013

    " I personally thought this was a dark and depressing story. "

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