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ForeWord Review's BOOK OF THE YEAR for Historical Fiction (2009) Noah built an ark, but this story has never been told! Noah's wife is Na'amah, a brilliant young girl with a form of autism (now known as Aspergers). Na'amah wishes only to be a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey--a desire shattered by the hatred of her powerful brother, the love of two men, a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 17th 2011 (first published October 2nd 2009)
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Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is a little deceptive, in that this is not a Bible-based retelling of the story of Noah, his family, their animals and an ark which enables them all to survive a flood. It is rather an attempt to recreate a very particular world, that world of Neolithic humans, over 7,000 years ago, living along the shores of a freshwater lake in what is now Anatolia, a world just beginning the transition from hunting and gathering to herding and farming, where tribal peoples are beginning to settle in ...more
Tara Chevrestt

-The heroine and especially her banter with Noah. Laughed out loud when she told him he stank upon meeting him.

-Her relationship with the bird and other animals. I thought that was beautiful.

-The book is extremely well written.

-Despite the fact it is about Noah, the book is not preachy or Christian at all. It's simply a story and it chronicles a time when people were torn between Mother Godess and Father God..


-I grew very bored as the heroine (I can't spell her name without looki
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the way the narrative centered around Na'amah. It really is a coming of age story of sorts. Imagine being a female in 5500 BCE? Ah no thanks. Add being a female in 5500 BCE with Asperger Syndrome? Ah no thanks again. Welcome to Na'amah's brutal world. Not going to lie, I was more than curious to see how the author was going to work AS into the entire story.

Na'amah is a compelling character. This young lady endures the unimaginable with strength beyond belief. Yes she faces endless chall
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author T. K. Thorne brings us the mythic story of Na'amah in her beautifully written novel "Noah's Wife." Using research indicating that a flood about 5500 BCE nearly decimated the settlements along the southern shore of a fresh water lake known today as the Black Sea, Thorne has created a rich, multidimensional and richly imagined account of the Biblical flood from a feminine point of view.

Na'amah's difficult birth left her with a pinched-head disfigurement that would have given the elders caus
Kathryn Berla
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. An interesting and feminist take on this biblical tale which I very much enjoyed.
Leslie  Golden
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Think about yarn for a moment. If you look at it under the microscope, you'll see that it's a series of fibrous strands that have been woven together so tightly they seem to fuse into a single cord. Little ends of the strands edge free from the cord and catch the light that shines on the weave. Story yarns are the same: a woven rope of characters, narrative and plot points pull the entire tale together while, here and there, a strand can catch the light. Some story yarns are so strong that other ...more
Jess the Audiobookworm
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 ★ Audiobook ⎮ I don't think I will ever be able to look at the biblical tale of Noah quite the same again. Considering the amount of available information the author had to go on, I am in awe of her ability to spin such an incredibly deep and evocative story from so little. I seriously doubt that I will ever be able to think of Biblical Noah without Thorne's Na'amah immediately springing to mind. This story provoked very strong existential will feelings from me. It was an incredible experien ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-ebook. Asperger's syndrome is a very high functioning sort of autism, and the author chose to picture Noah's wife as having this. But in the long run, it was much more of a help than a hindrance. Picture a Father God and a Mother Goddess each with a bit different viewpoint on the story of Creation. then picture a snake's shedding of his old skin as an aphorism of new life. Also picture the possibility of a rather weak Adam pushing his wife into finding out some information for them, then using ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book, although it was not a bad book. The author gives us the story of the great flood through the eyes of Noah's wife, a young woman who has Asperger Syndrome. The book starts when she is a young girl, and attempts to illustrate what life was like at that time, most specifically for Na'amah, who has to be very careful because of her condition, or she could be outcast or pitted. The author also touches on the changing religious beliefs of the time, moving away from a F ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting and thought provoking read. The author was able to provide enough visual detail for the story to come alive. Although a lot of the characterization of the heroine seemed to fit with my limited understanding of Asperger's Syndrome, some of the heroine's actions seemed a stretch to me. Overall the story line was plausible and did get me to thinking about historical truths and religion. I might be able to write a better review after I have digested it a little more. ...more
Diane Lewis
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I give this book four stars because of the evocative prose and that it drew me in right away with the main character. Na'mah having a form of autism added to her fleshing out as the future wife of Noah. Half way through the novel, though, I wished for the flood to start and for Na'mah to stop wandering all over, being kidnapped, etc. The flood plays almost no role in the book, and Noah fades into the background as the story progresses. ...more
Not what I was expecting. Little is taken from the bible other than a big house boat, a flood, and names. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of how believers of different religions may have competed with each other 500BCE. Told by a woman who has Aspergers, and doesn’t understand the concept of belief in that way. All the family and friendship dynamics - the good, bad, very ugly and very beautiful - play out in this imaginative story. Information about the author is almost as interesting!
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well done! Wonderful take on biblical history while allowing us to see the ancient world through the eyes of someone with Aspergers.
Ronald Keeler
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Noah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne is a 369-page novel selected as an OnlineBookClub Book of the Day for 25 February 2017. The Kindle edition is available from Amazon for USD 1.99 but there is a free sample. After reading the sample I couldn't resist buying the complete novel. For those who tend to click on things too fast (buy buttons) be careful here. There are two novels with the same title if you search on Amazon. This is the one with the cover that looks like big waves are coming. The other one, No ...more
Scott Skipper
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Na’amah is different from the others in the village. Her hearing is uniquely acute as is her memory, but she lacks womanly skills such as weaving and spinning. Noah is a bit of an odd duck who lives outside the village where it’s convenient to steal logs from the beavers with which to build boats. He sees Na’amah in the market and smitten by her beauty, so he asks her father for her hand and receives it with the understanding that he will wait three years to take his bride who was young even for ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it! It was an interesting story with strong characters that kept me wanting to read until the end. The author skillfully weaves a very accurate portrayal of Asperger's in with descriptions of life in ancient Anatolia within the context of re-telling the story of the flood within a secular and feminist context. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between Na'amah and "her" animals and the connection she had with the natural world around her.

In the end, though, the story really didn't s
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Simply amazing! There are just so many positives that I don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with Na’amah. She is such a great role model for many women out there. She is not afraid to believe in what she believes in, she doesn’t bend to society’s views of women, her thoughts are original, and she is extremely strong-willed. I mean venturing through the woods on your own when you are pregnant for the first time in order to escape from those who captured you? My praises to her!

The other aspect
Victoria Limbert
A truly beautiful and inspirational read that I won't forget for many years. Na'amah is a beautifully written character who pulls on all my emotions and made me love this book so much. The simplicity and complexity of the way she sees the world around, how she is connected to it all, now she moved through such terrible things happening to her.

Just an amazing book. Religion aside it promotes free thinking, questioning all that we can't see or touch yet also acknowledging the fact that we are all
Christena Wiseman

A book which will capture anyone interested in how things might have been. I chose this book because I had read Angels At The Gate and wanted to read any book of historical fiction by this author. Now, having finished this, I want to read whatever this author writes!!
Marie Chow
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cut to the Chase:
This book is a wonderfully plotted, concisely written, enthralling blend of adventure, romance, fantasy and (lots-of-creative-license-taken) history. It begins a bit slowly: our heroine Na’amah is a young, innocent girl who takes a bit of patience to get used to initially (she’s just that green and naive). But… and this is a big but… like a classical concerto, it really builds, and though the anticipated flood (the title does after all refer to Noah’s wife) is one of the climaxe
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very satisfying enjoyable modern take on an old fable.
Faith Justice
I got this book in the Historical Novel Society Conference goodie-bag and was intrigued. Asperger's runs in my family, so I was curious as to how Thorne would handle that aspect of her debut novel. She states in her Acknowledgements and Postscript that she doesn't have Asperger Syndrome and relied on research and particularly the writings of Dr. Temple Grandin, a well-known speaker and writer on the topic. (Dr. Grandin also has Asperger's.) For the most part, I felt she got it right. As she note ...more
WordsAPlenty was provided a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

It is difficult for one to imagine living in 5500 BE and comprehend the societal norms of that time period. T.K. Thorne crafts an amazing story weaving it carefully with myth, biblical and historical facts about one woman’s struggle; a woman overshadowed by her husband Noah’s prominence in history. Thorne provides an extraordinary tale that is tender, horrific and riveting.

5500 BE was a time in which societal norms
Notes From 'Round the Bend
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I grew up hearing the story of Noah in Sunday School, as, I imagine, did many children, and when I was offered the chance to review a book about his wife, I was intrigued. I‰Ûªll admit that I harbored a little fear that this story would be religious and perhaps somewhat preachy, and was pleasantly surprised that it was anything but. There was a LOT of story here‰Û_and I loved every page.

Ms. Thorne truly brought an old Bible fable to life and made it seem less like a work of fiction than like a t
Eclectisism Incarnate
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, and by the path of the story. I honestly expected something a bit preachy (given exactly what it's about, and what little I knew about it), but it really isn't. It does have religion, but I love the way it was handled. I love the inclusion of synesthesia (though, I wish it had played a bigger role). And I love that darn bird. ...more
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
uthor T. K. Thorne brings us the mythic story of Na’amah in her beautifully written novel “Noah’s Wife.” Using research indicating that a flood about 5500 BCE nearly decimated the settlements along the southern shore of a fresh water lake known today as the Black Sea, Thorne has created a rich, multidimensional and richly imagined account of the Biblical flood from a feminine point of view.

Na’amah’s difficult birth left her with a pinched-head disfigurement that would have given the elders cause
Lenora Rogers
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just read a book by Theresa K. Thorne called “Noah’s Wife” What an amazing book. Na’amah is a young girl being raised by her grandmother, Savta. Na’amah is a strong willed young girl whose Faith and beliefs could land her in trouble. Her brother Tubal Cain is always telling her how ugly she is and he seems to hate her which she cannot understand. Her grandmother tells her she is special and when she is older will understand but for now must keep her mouth silent. Her secret could get her kille ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Noah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne is an epic journey through one woman’s life that captivates the reader from the very first page. One thing I’d like to say is that this is not a Bible based story. It is a biblical novel in that Noah is one of our characters but it is more about the fictional tale of the life his wife might have had, keeping in mind that absolutely nothing is known of Noah’s wife in the bible. T.K. Thorne has built an amazing
Norma Jean Stewart
This is a very interesting read. I couldn't put it down. It's one of the best books I have ever read. It follows the Bible to a point. It's a fictional story set in a non-fictional place. I think this book would be a good read for anyone who knows anything about Noah, the Arc, and the Great Flood very little is said, in Geneses, about Noah wife. I really enjoyed reading about her. ...more
Perle Champion
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Noah's Wife, consummate storyteller T.K. (Teresa) Thorne takes us back to 5500 BCE. Here we meet Noah's future wife. Born to a mother who dies giving her life, Na'amah is a beautiful girl with peculiarities. She sees the colors and patterns of words overlaid with the color of their truth.

Betrothed to Noah, she learns the precarious place of women in a society turning away from Mother Goddess and Father God as a unit, toward an austere patriarchal view of deity. Na'amah does not believe in God
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T.K. Thorne’s childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. “It was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.” When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham’s business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers provide fodder for her writing, which has garnered several awards, including “Book o ...more

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