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“Sarah Blake’s debut novel, Naamah, puts Noah’s wife at the center of a really very wild and superbly intelligent reimagining. ” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“An award-winning poet offers 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

“A shimmering and visionary feminist debut . . . Naamah is hallucinatory, full of unearthly visions, and yet boldly, vividly embodied. It is a singular and timeless portrait, a deep and gorgeous contemporary evocation of an ancient woman asking unanswerable questions about the end of an existing world.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Historical and mythical women . . . are getting due reconsideration in pop culture. Sarah Blake does something similar with the story of Noah’s Ark, reconstructing that well-known tale around the woman by Noah’s side” —ELLE

“Naamah should be next on your list.”—MS. MAGAZINE

“[I]t’s a story about the many who died to make a new world, about the messiness that goes into taking care of animals, about faith in a future one can build. Blake turns this biblical tale on its head, making it more challenging and moving in the process.” —PASTE MAGAZINE

“The book is a testament to the idea that more than one sex, more than one idea and more than one individual makes the world in all its glory and tragedy.” and “With her modern interpretation of the Book of Genesis, Blake fills the mostly absent references with a wholly unruly woman.” —THE WASHINGTON POST, here and here

“Blake’s lyrical prose sweeps over the reader as inexorably as the water around the ark, but her genius is in making Naamah’s life as relevant as if she were alive today.” —SHELF AWARENESS, starred review

“Comprised of mesmerizing prose poem-esque sections, the novel explores themes of sexuality, purpose, loss, love, and faith. A poetic debut of biblical proportions.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

“Like the ark itself, Naamah houses an improbable bounty of life. Blake has packed a remarkable amount of earthly experience—wondrous and funny and queasy and erotic—into an ancient vehicle, and made it sail.” —LAMBDA LITERARY

“Blake creates a for-adults-only multidimensional portrait of Noah’s wife by combining biblical narrative with modern prose, fantasy with realism, spirituality with erotica. . . . A remarkable feat of imagination.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Blake’s prose is bewitching, and this narrative is an essential correction to the Bible’s male-dominated mythology. Women have always been central to these stories, but it is through storytellers like Blake that they are finally allowed to take their rightful place.” —NYLON

“In a stunning, feminist retelling of Noah’s Ark, Blake’s debut novel focuses on Naamah (Noah’s wife) and their family in the year after the Great Flood. Full of desire, fury, strength, and wavering faith, Naamah becomes the bedrock on which the Earth is rebuilt upon.” —THE MILLIONS

“Blake provides insights both unique and moving, and makes an ancient tale feel vibrant and relevant to today.” —JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL

“There is something so hypnotic about Blake’s retelling of this well-told tale.” —ALMA

“In Blake’s new fable, those desires—for the freedom of movement, sexual expression, and loving connection—are what ensure that those aboard the ark, and all humankind to follow, will survive and flourish.” —LILITH

“Blake’s feminist novel brings Naamah to richly detailed, beautiful life.” —BRIT+CO

“[I]t’s a novel that uses an ancient tale to ask questions that are contemporary and urgent: What does it mean to be a woman? Who gets to be named, and remembered, in our stories? What are we willing to sacrifice in order for something new to be born?” —CHRISTIAN CENTURY

“Generations of Genesis readers have probably imagined Noah’s wife as obedient, chaste and reverent: so unobjectionable she does not merit much mention. Blake depicts Naamah as someone much wilder” —AMERICA THE JESUIT REVIEW

“Revelatory, ethereal and transfixing, Naamah cracks open the ancient tale of Noah. . . . In the tradition of Madeline Miller’s CirceNaamah plucks a female character from myth and imbues her with sexuality, personality and intimacy, making her an altogether more modern hero.” BOOKPAGE

“Blake’s tale is a powerful exploration of the trauma of change and the reckoning required to move on from unimaginable loss.” —BOOKLIST

“Ingenious and highly imaginative, this debut novel is sure to spark conversation” —LIBRARY JOURNAL

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by THE RUMPUS, THE WEEK, READ IT FORWARD, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, and more

NAAMAH appeared on these very cool lists at AUTOSTRADDLE, SYFY WIRE, LIT HUB, READ IT FORWARDTHE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and even on BOOKRIOT’S amazing podcast ALL THE BOOKS!

And Blake is named one of BOOKPAGE’S FIFTEEN WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2019

Read interviews at ALMATHE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERGUERNICA, BUSTLE, and ELECTRIC LITERATURE and enjoy this Behind the Book essay 

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