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Naamah by Sarah  Blake
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Naamah is the wife of Noah, and I read this thinking it would be similar to The Red Tent or even Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer, novels that bring a formerly silent female character to life.

That's not what this novel is. Everyone is on the ark but Naamah lives very much in her mind, in the memories of a lover left behind, in the dreams or hallucinations of an angel who has built a home for all the dead children under the water, and in some visions with a talking bird named Jael and a vulture named Megatron. She also interacts with one of her future descendants and even a 21st century family, something about time traveling women?

There is a lot of explicit sex and while sex is no problem for me as a reader, it felt like the author was most invested in these sections, and I wish the writing felt as intense throughout the book. I would have loved to read a novel about what it is like to be the matriarch of the rebirth of the world, while confronting the remnants of their former society - there are only tiny hints of that here. Since so much of what Naamah seems to be experiencing is not "real," in the sense that none of the others on the ark are having these experiences, it becomes this dreamscape of isolation and grief. Maybe the author intended that - as long as you know what to expect going in.
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Reading Progress

January 8, 2019 – Shelved
January 8, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 18, 2019 – Started Reading
May 19, 2019 –
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May 19, 2019 –
May 19, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 21, 2019 – Shelved as: read2019

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Jan Thanks for setting expectations, Jenny. Good review (ie, practical, thoughtful and helpful) as always!

Jenny (Reading Envy) Jan wrote: "Thanks for setting expectations, Jenny. Good review (ie, practical, thoughtful and helpful) as always!"
Thanks Jan. :)

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