Noah's Wife (Hardcover)

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"Beautifully written story of a town whose existence is threatened by endlessly drenching rain and for whom the townspeople appear to have lost all hope. The arrival of the newly assigned minister, Noah, cannot seem to break through their despair as he begins to have his own crisis of faith. As the waters rise and threaten the viability of the town's zoo, its main tourist attraction, it is Noah's Wife who leads a small band of townspeople into rescuing the animals and relocating them in the town's abandoned shops and people's houses, lending a bit of gentle humor to the story. Yet, when that effort and sandbagging can no longer hold back the advancing flood risk, the citizens, along with the animals, move to the highest point in the town, the church. Readers will fall in love with an unpredicatable cast of characters who truly realize what it takes to rely on each other and ultimately come to share a renewed sense of hope as an unsinkable community!" --Jane

— From Jane's Staff Recommendations


In the tradition of Daniel Wallace's Big Fish and Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child, a gorgeously written and fable-like novelrecasting Noah's Ark as a story of relationships, courage, resilience, and hope.
Variously romantic, symbolic, philosophical, feminist, and fanciful, this is an atmospheric tale that meanders to a sweetly rousing conclusion. . . .Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It's the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable.
Kirkus Reviews
In loving Noah, his wife never imagined she d end up in this gray and wet little town where it's been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Newly appointed as pastor, Noah is determined to bring the eccentric townspeople back to the church, but the members of his congregation only want to keep their homes afloat. As the water swallows up the houses, the renowned zoo, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and their new neighbors must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.
Poignant and whimsical, playful and wise, Noah's Wifechallenges our expectations of love, commitment, and redemption.By reimagining this classic story in a new and modern light, the novel asks: how do we know when to stay and when it's time to go?

About the Author

Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library. She studied literature and writing at Yale, Notre Dame, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently writes and teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and their golden retriever. Noah s Wife is her first novel. "
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399159237
ISBN-10: 0399159231
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English