“A dreamy and transgressive feminist retelling of the Great Flood from the perspective of Noah’s wife as she wrestles with the mysterious metaphysics of womanhood at the end of the world.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her own—questions of service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate.
In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth, and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience.
Naamah by Sarah Blake is a retelling of Noah and the Ark. However, it mostly focuses on Noah’s wife. She is the main character of the story. Her trials of living during the great flood and the raising of wild animals among other things. I liked the fact that this writer, Sarah Blake, intended to get into the mind and events of what happened to Noah’s wife on the ark. But it just wasn’t that great. Noah’s wife, Naamah, is a bit angry with Noah. She feels distant and cold, goes through a blindness, makes loves with an angel, and the things she does under water-is crazy. I would think that if did half of this stuff, God would be punishing her rather than saving her life. It didn’t make any sense to me. The chapters did not flow well together. It made it harder to piece them and kept me wondering why. That and God would have done something about the same-sex stuff that occurred, if we go according to the Bible. Naamah was married to a righteous man, Noah. She knew he was righteous and yet she would still have sex with another whom she wasn’t married to? It’s crazy. Even for a Biblical story. Most people who did what Naamah did in this fictional story, would have been punished by her own people and God. Overall, this did not resemble a true Biblical story fashion nor the way it would have happened during that time period.