Naamah by Sarah Blake audiobook

Naamah: A Novel

By Sarah Blake
Read by Shayna Small

Penguin Audio
9.01 Hours 1
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With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate. In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah.com Best Books of the Year selection

New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

A BookPage Best Book of the Year

An Entropy Magazine Pick of the Year

A Nylon Magazine Pick of 2019

With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive.

Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate.

In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A dreamy and transgressive feminist retelling of the Great Flood from the perspective of Noah’s wife as she wrestles with the mysterious metaphysics of womanhood at the end of the world.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“The story of Noah’s Ark…reconstructing that well-known tale around the woman by Noah’s side.” Elle
“Naamah is the feminist bible retelling we need in 2019."  Paste
“With prose as luminous and heady as it is grounded in Naamah’s strong physicality.” Electric Literature
Naamah cracks open the ancient tale of Noah…making her an altogether more modern hero.” BookPage
“Poetic and lush . . . It’s suspenseful and it’s erotic and it’s funny, and it just charmed me to pieces. Book Riot
“Glorious…Blake’s prose is bewitching, and this narrative is an essential correction to the Bible’s male-dominated mythology.” Nylon
“The reimagining of this patriarchal tale into a feminist allegory is a stunning achievement.” Shelf Awareness  
“[In] mesmerizing prose poem-esque sections, the novel explores themes of sexuality, purpose, loss, love, and faith  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“No longer a forgotten name, Naamah is achingly alive here, pulsing with questions and desires. Sarah Blake’s prose is sensual, hallucinatory, dream-sharp—a beguiling debut from an immensely talented writer. Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

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Author

Author Bio: Sarah Blake

Author Bio: Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English