This review was written for Online Book Club
“I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.”
This book was an “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.”
Noah’s wife is a fictional tale about Na’amah. The story begins twenty-one years before the flood when Na’amah was just a kid. The setting of the tale is around 5521 B.C. and so many historical references match the same biblical stories we know from that time. Of course, this has to be made clear that the story is not true. So any religious scholar looking to pinpoint any facts that do not go with their holy book can just stop there.
There is something very special about Noah’s wife. Not only does the story demonstrate the hardship and the choices that women had to make back in those days but it also displays a not so commonly known illness, Autism. Na’amah suffers from Asperger. Something completely oblivious back in those days and so she is treated like an outsider, someone weird and her prospects of getting married and having children are limited. Due to being autistic she cannot retain thoughts and so Na’amah questions many things.
The religious setting of the story was very interesting to me. The people worshiped Mother Goddess and Father God. However, Na’amah questioned their beliefs, and so she does not believe whatever is told to her. The time frame from Na’amah being a child to becoming a woman was written beautifully.
Noah, the boat maker, meets Na’amah at the market and asks if he could marry her when she comes of age. Her father agrees to this. However, there is a twist of fate in this event, which made it very intriguing. Although mistreated by the River People, Na’amah’s spirit was never touched. Her Autism did not limit her in any way, and she was written to be a very loving and admirable character.
The story remained consistent with enough backstory and references to everything that was relevant to the plot. I have to warn the readers that the book does consist of topics such as rape, incest narratives, and other similar sensitive subjects.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to everyone. I rarely find stories that are this good and believe, that anyone that does not read it will be missing out big time.
Written by Jeyran Main