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CAA Book Club – Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife by Rebecca Kanner, Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00. Skype with author at 7:30.

The familiar story of Noah is read from the Torah in synagogues around the world on November 2 this year. Three days before that, on Wednesday, October 30, the CAA Book Club will delve into aspects of the story you may never have considered, when we discuss Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner, a modern Midrash, in the tradition of Biblical fiction like The Red Tent. Noah’s wife is unnamed in Genesis and only mentioned in passing. Sinners and the Sea is the story of the flood from her perspective.

Cursed with a birthmark that many consider the brand of a demon, the young woman is in constant danger. To keep her safe, her father gives her in marriage to the far older prophet Noah. But living in a wicked town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her is difficult.

She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of their town while raising three sons, who despite pious upbringing, develop some sinful tendencies of their own. These trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. But as the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor.

Qat Oskow, who knows author Rebecca Kanner from literary and Jewish circles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, will lead the discussion beginning at 7:00 PM, and we will Skype with the author herself at 7:30. So if any questions occur to you when reading the book that you would like to ask the author, write them down and bring them with you that evening!

The CAA library has several copies of the book. If you are interested in the discussion, take a copy and leave your name on the sign-out sheet.
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 7:00pm EDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:24pm GMT