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Product Details

  • Series: Women of Genesis
  • Hardcover: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain; First Edition edition (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570089957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570089954
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series is definitely for those interested in women in the Bible, and in such novels as The Red Tent. (Kliatt) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

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I just finished reading this 2nd book in the series, and I unabashedly loved it.
I always keep my Bible close by to compare facts as much as I can, so I keep it straight in my mind what is actually written in the Scriptures and what is fictional.
Provides insight on the life of this wonderful biblical women, You can tell that Orson Scott Card did his research well.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Erickson on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Rebekah" tells the intimate life's story of the Old Testament woman of the same name: wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau. The woman who is so widely familiar to anyone who's ever attended Sunday school is also so little known. Orson Scott Card, acting as historian and believer as well as novelist, uses a few chapters from the book of Genesis as the jumping-off point in a quest to imagine the story of Rebekah's life. What did she go through that would eventually lead a real, flesh-and-blood woman to have the faith she had, but also to commit her famous deception of her prophet-husband by jockeying her favorite son into the inheritance in place of Esau, the rightful heir?
After "Sarah," the first in series-happy OS Card's "Women of Genesis" series, I had been a little disappointed. Card has long been trying to overcome his sci-fi fame to direct some attention to other genres like his religious-themed novels. He often does this by blurring the lines between the two, adding religious miracle to fantasy and science fiction on the spectrum of speculative fiction. However, even with such as "Stone Tables", he had succeeded brilliantly in showing he could drive a historical religious novel with no traditional sci-fi or fantasy theme with the same gripping character-driven plotting that has made his sci-fi novels so well-loved. Unfortunately, "Sarah" seemed like something of a misstep, where the good and happy characters were brightly delineated from the evil and miserable ones, at the expense of a compelling story. But be warned, anyone who has so far let the first episode's flaws prevent them from picking up Round Two. In "Rebekah," Card has regained his balance and is in top form again.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kim Boykin on January 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the second of Orson Scott Card's "Women of Genesis" novels, each of which can be read independently of the others. (The others are "Sarah" and "Rachel and Leah.")

Card, who's a Mormon, uses the biblical story of Rebekah as a framework and creatively fills in the details. Once again, he has done an impressive job of making sense of some odd biblical scenes and has told an engaging story that is also spiritually nourishing. I wished, though, that Card had filled in more of the details. The book felt too sketchy in some places. And like Sarah in the first book in the series, Rebekah was, I thought, a little too easy to identify with. In her attitudes about gender roles, indentured servants, and such, she seemed too much like a time traveler from 21st-century America who'd taken Rebekah's place. The use of casual, contemporary diction in the dialogue added to this effect.

This isn't among my favorite Orson Scott Card books, but that's tough competition. I've enjoyed the "Women of Genesis" books enough that I hope there will be more in the series. I liked Card's "Stone Tables," a novelization of the life of Moses, even better, and I also recommend his "Saints," about one of the wives of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S., Hill on March 30, 2005
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Does anyone tell a Bible story as wonderfully as Orson Scott Card? I have loved every one of the Women of Genesis books. This one is my favorite.

Mr. Card takes plenty of artistic liberty with the Bible stories, but the characters he creates are truly memorable. Bethuel and Laban come to life. Rebekah, the motherless child and the fiercely devout mother-to-be of Israel, emerges both as magnificently noble and achingly human. Abraham and Isaace emerge as richly complex personalities that alternately aggravate and inspire. There are no Demigods here, but there are many admirable people doing the best they know how to cope with difficult conflicts, with tragic and heroic consequences.

There is no doubt that these people love and respect each other, and yet they torment each other because of the blindnesses we all have in dealing with those we love from perspectives that are inevitably colored (and clouded) by our own intense past experiences. Rebekah has practically worshipped the legend of her Uncle Abraham all of her life, but finds when she lives under his rule that he has his human frailties, and they cause her (and Isaac) great pain. She and Isaac discover their own frailties and insecurities (warranted and unwarranted), which cause significant pain to each other, to Abraham, and to their treasured sons. In so many instances, they repeat the life patterns they most wanted to avoid.

We see emerging, from all of this pain, the searing and purifying insights that God offers to us all as a refiner's fire, if we are humble enough and courageous enough to embrace them. Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob have that courage. They do what they must when the crucial choices must be made, and forgive each other. In their sunset years, we find Isaac and Rebekah blessed with peace in each other's arms. That all husbands and wives might be so blessed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2003
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and yet if anyone can, Orson Scott Card can. I was very impressed when I found the book one day in a drug store and bought it.
To write fiction based on the Bible is dangerous because it leaves one open to intense critism and also because God must then become a character. Card has done a remarkable job telling a real story of drama with characters who have real lives and motivations. He uses the Bible and yet shows so many new ways of looking at the events and the people.
His own theology must of course be in it, how could he tell a passionate story while ignoring the things that speak to him in it? I thought he did a surprisingly good job letting the theology be that of the characters and not his own. If you read books of this sort written by many evangelical-style Christians they will not allow any drama into the story- in trying to protect the prophets of God from critisism, they dry the wonderful stories up. Card is certainly a Christian, but it is almost not noticable in this and his other book so far in the series.
I think anyone can get something useful out of the book. Even if you don't care for the religious aspect, the qualities of the women in both stories are wonderful to read about. Card's women have passion, fire, but also a beautiful sense of duty and love.
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Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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