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Noah's Wife

Noah's Wife

by T. K. Thorne

ISBN: 9780983787808

Publisher Blackburn Fork Publishing

Published in Literature & Fiction/Urban, Romance/Historical, Religion & Spirituality/Fiction, Literature & Fiction/Women's Fiction, Literature & Fiction/Historical, Literature & Fiction/Genre Fiction, Romance, Christian Books & Bibles, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction

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A Foreword Reviews "Book of the Year" for Historical Fiction

From the perspective of a young girl with a form of autism now known as Asperger's, Thorne weaves unique twists into the Biblical story, entwining myth, history, archeological findings and imagination.

Na’amah wishes only to be a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey-- a desire shattered by the hatred of her powerful brother, the love of two men, and a disaster only she knows is coming.

Her savant abilities and penchant to speak truth forces her to walk a dangerous path in an age of change.

Sample Chapter

Prologue

5521 BCE

My name, Na’amah, means pleasant or beautiful. I am not always pleasant, but I am beautiful. Perhaps that is why I am trundled atop this beast like a roll of hides for market and surrounded by grim-faced men.

If my captors had bothered to ask me, I would have told them that their prize is of questionable value because my mind is damaged. But they did not, and I lie draped, belly down, across the back of an aurochs, a large black ox with an eel stripe that runs down his spine and a stench worse than a rutting goat. My mouth is parched and swollen with dried blood, and every step the animal takes sends a jolt of pain into my chest. Snatches of ground appear between the cloven hooves—a succession of earth, grass, and rock obscured by the dark tangle of my hair—all I have to measure the growing distance from the life I have known.

Savta, my grandmother, believes a narrow birth passage pinched my head. A skilled midwife, she convinced the Elders that my disfigurement would right itself, and they allowed me to live. Tubal-Cain, my brother, would prefer it otherwise. He claims I tore our mother from inside and killed her. I did not intend to do such a thing, but if I did it, we are even, since she squeezed my head. Well, perhaps not even, as she is dead, and I am not.

The aurochs stumbles and I grunt from the jerk. The tall man with fiery hair who leads the aurochs looks back at me. My village sees many traders, so the strangeness of these men’s dress and speech means they are from a distant land. Where are they taking me?

As much as I hate the days, I dread the nights. The tall man pulls me off when it becomes too dark to travel, and my legs wobble beneath me. It is a chance for food and water, but I am fifteen summers, and I know the intent of men who steal a woman. So far, they have not tried, perhaps because I smell like the aurochs, but when they do, I will fight. I am small, but my teeth are strong and my legs have climbed the hills since I was very young. My hills. How I miss my hills.

To distract me from the aches in my body and my heart, I will put together the words of my story. I remember everything. Memories appear as images in my mind. Each word-sound I hear has its own color and shape and fits together with the others in patterns that I can recall, just as I can name every sheep on my hillside.

This story will be truth. I speak only truth, unwise as it may be, since lies distress me. And it will be for my own ears, as my words and manner seem odd to other people. I am more comfortable with animals, who do not expect me to be any way than the way I am.

I will start with the day three summers ago when Savta told me I had a secret.

Continues...

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Author Profile

T. K. Thorne

T. K. Thorne

T.K. Thorne retired as a captain of the Birmingham Police Department and currently serves as executive director of a business improvement district. Both careers provided fodder for her writing, which has been published in various venues and garnered awards, including "Book of the Year for Historical Fiction" (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel NOAH'S WIFE. The New York Post featured her non-fiction book, LAST CHANCE FOR JUSTICE: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers on their "Books You Should Be Reading" list. Her latest acclaimed historical novel is ANGELS AT THE GATE. A short film from her screenplay Six Blocks Wide was a semi-finalist at the international “A Film for Peace Festival” in Italy. Thorne has served as faculty at several writers’ conferences. Her next historical novel, Angels at the Gate: the Story of Lot’s Wife, is scheduled to be released summer, 2014. She writes on a mountaintop, often with two dogs and a cat vying for her lap.

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