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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451695233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451695236
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Noah's wife] proves her strength and character as she tries to protect her family... from the outside forces that threaten. Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah's wife. The narrative's well-articulated, evenly balanced and stimulating..." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Kanner animates a harsh, almost dystopic world of fallen people struggling to survive. Noah's unnamed wife is a powerful, memorable character." (Publisher's Weekly)

"Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah’s wife. The narrative’s well-articulated, evenly balanced, and stimulating—but it’s definitely not the familiar tale that’s so frequently illustrated in children’s books." (Kirkus Reviews)

Sinners and the Sea is a rare find—a bold and vivid journey into the antediluvian world of Noah. Kanner’s is a fresh, irresistible story about the unnamed woman behind the famous ark-builder. Compelling and masterfully written.” (Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Books of Mortals series)

“We think we know Noah’s story but he was not alone on the ark; what was the experience of his wife, his family? Rebecca Kanner’s vividly imagined telling recreates the world of the Bible, and asks powerful questions about the story and about ourselves.” (Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, author of Why Faith Matters)

“Rebecca Kanner brings the antediluvian world of giants, prophets, and demons alive, setting her narrative in motion from the first chapter and never letting it rest. She is a writer of great dexterity, performing tricks at a full sprint.” (Marshall Klimasewiski, author of The Cottagers and Tyrants)

Sinners and the Sea is an excellent example of the traditional Jewish method of Midrash meeting the modern writer’s pen. Kanner does a masterful job of penetrating the depths of the Biblical Flood narrative and weaving in the complicated reality of challenging relationships and longings for personal fulfillment. Her desire to go beyond the traditional midrashic understanding of the lives she explores introduces us to a courageous and insightful young writer whose first book will take its place alongside other exciting modern re-readings of the ancient Biblical text.” (Rabbi Morris Allen of Beth Jacob Congregation)

About the Author

Rebecca Kanner’s writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award and a Loft Mentorship Award. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. She is a freelance writer and teaches writing at The Loft in Minneapolis.

Customer Reviews

I like biblical fictional stories - they present the story in a way that we can understand and appreciate the bible and it's stories so much more.
Nita Pierson
There was also a minor plot point, in fact it may have been more of a detail, near the end of the book that was just too much for me and I found it a bit ridiculous.
WestMetroMommy
Rebecca Kanner's SINNERS AND THE SEA is a haunting, beautifully written story of struggle and redemption told through the eyes of the Biblical prophet Noah's wife.
Sherry Jones

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to come straight out and admit it. I picked up Rebecca Kanner's The Sinners and the Sea because I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I know, I'm horrible. Look up cover slut in the dictionary and you will find my picture. By rights I should be ashamed of myself, but you know what? I'm not. I'll grant my motivations were superficial, but had I not succumbed to them, I wouldn't have discovered this very original take on one of the most well known bible stories.

Kanner's work is unique on many levels. For one thing Noah's wife is not a prominent female in the Bible. Unlike Margaret George or Ginger Garret who have written about Mary Magdalene, Queen Esther, Delilah and Queen Jezebel, Kanner couldn't rely on a the celebrity of a name to draw in her readers. Kanner had to lay a lot more groundwork than the majority of her peers, but I think it also gave her more freedom as a writer, allowing her to move in directions her readers do not expect.

Also of note are Kanner's cast of characters. When reading Christian literature, I usually find authors who utilize one untarnished character to teach another the Lord's path, but there are no sugary sweet believers to be found among these pages, no one individual who is the embodiment of perfection. No, Kanner's characters are realistically flawed and all the more endearing for it.

When I began reading this story, I expected a biblical retelling, but the reality is The Sinners and the Sea is about a family, the relationships between them and the hardships they overcame. While not the easiest book to get into, I found Kanner's unconventional approach quite interesting.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Czyz on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am so pleased this book is called "Sinners and the Sea"; it could have been called "Noah's Wife" and followed the somewhat irritating trend of titular female characters leaning on men, a la "Ahab's Wife," "Galileo's Daughter," "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Time-Traveler's Wife," etc. While the story is indeed about the strength and determination of the woman Noah married, Noah does most of the leaning. Moreover, this story's breadth takes in far more than the struggles of a single biblical family: Kanner has believably revived an entire long-vanished world. As a fan of ancient Near Eastern literature (the Bible, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Enuma Elish, etc.), I was gratified to see the attention Kanner pays to details unique to this time and place, particularly to character descriptions (maddeningly, characters in the Bible are little more than faceless names). Indeed, Kanner opens the novel with what almost amounts to a meditation on the birthmark ("the mark of the demon") over the young heroine's left eye. This stigma--an accident of genetics--is perhaps what sets her fate in motion, but it is her will that determines how that fate plays out. More importantly, we learn so much about the people in Kanner's novel by the way they react to her mark. The prose suggests the archaic without feeling artificial, and once you begin reading, you'll find it very difficult to leave this antediluvian age populated by superstitious tribes living under harsh laws and even harsher penalties. Therein lies the book's strength: Kanner does so much more than merely retell the building of the ark, you almost forget what you already know is coming.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rachael T. Hanel on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are Old Testament stories we know so well--the fall of Adam and Eve, the trials and tribulations of Job, the battle between David and Goliath. And of course, Noah and the flood.

The Bible tells us the world was full of sin and that Noah was commanded to build a giant ark before the destructive rains fell. But what of the others with Noah? What about his sons? His wife? What of the days before the flood?

Rebecca Kanner applies her imagination to her debut book, "The Sinners and the Sea." This intriguing novel tells of a common story--Noah and the ark--in a most uncommon way. It's the story of Noah told through the eyes of his wife.

For surely Noah had a wife, but only his sons are mentioned in Genesis. Who was this unnamed woman? Why might she have never been named? Kanner's explanation is that Noah's wife was born with a birthmark on her forehead. Something today that would be of little consequence, but in a world full of sinners, a prominent birthmark was seen as the work of the devil. Because of the birthmark, the girl who would one day become Noah's wife was never given a name and was ostracized by her community. Only her loving father was brave enough to protect her. And when Noah came around looking for a virtuous wife, the untouched young woman was his choice.

The perspective of Noah's wife lends a nurturing, feminine presence often lacking in traditional Bible stories. The book is filled with tender moments as Noah's wife takes sinners under her wing. She gives birth to sons and nurtures them while Noah is preoccupied with listening to and preaching God's word.

She is faithful and committed to her husband.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward on April 23, 2013
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In my opinion, the hallmark of a great storyteller is the ability to take any subject and fashion a compelling narrative for all readers, and not just those interested in the particular subject. Rebecca Kanner proves herself a great and compelling storyteller with Sinners and the Sea. I don't typically pick up biblical fiction, but I am checking out several new books as potential reads for my book club and landed on Sinners and the Sea. The lovely cover drew me in but the writing is keeping me engaged. Our group members love to discuss books that have multifaceted characters and themes/imagery/actions that promise an evening of lively conversation. I am three-fourths of the way through this book and already know: this is our next book! Kanner's retelling of the story of Noah's ark, with its particular focus on the lesser known wife of Noah, sparkles with insight; the writing is so vivid you might imagine yourself present in that long ago world. The book is certain to provoke discussion of what we think we know about this Bible story and what Kanner herself speculates might have been in the minds and hearts of the characters. Wow! This is one gutsy writer! I can't wait to share this find with the rest of my book group.
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"Debut novelist Kanner brings to life the nameless wife of Noah in a deeply imagined midrashic interpretation of the biblical story of the flood... Kanner animates a harsh, almost dystopic world of fallen people struggling to survive. Noah's unnamed wife is a powerful, memorable character." (Publisher's Weekly)

"[Noah's wife] proves her strength and character as she tries to protect her family... from the outside forces that threaten. Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah's wife. The narrative's well-articulated, evenly balanced and stimulating..." (Kirkus Reviews)

Rebecca Kanner holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award, a Loft Mentorship Award and a 2012/2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. Her personal essay, "Safety," is a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. The Sinners and the Sea is her first book.

"I didn't mean to write a novel about Noah's wife. But just a few pages into what I thought would be a short story I realized I didn't want to stop. A 500 year old man that everyone thinks is crazy, a host of vulgar sinners, a world on the verge of destruction.... For me, this material was irresistible."

"SINNERS AND THE SEA is a rare find--a bold and vivid journey to the antediluvian world of Noah. Kanner's is a fresh, irresistible story about the unnamed woman behind the famous ark-builder. Compelling and masterfully written." -Tosca Lee, NY Times bestelling author of HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE.

Find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccakanner.com

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