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.
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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