- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540310442
- ISBN-13: 978-1540310446
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fisherman's Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter Paperback – November 3, 2016
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"One of the most vivid fictional presences I've read in recent years -- defying her father to marry Simon Peter and following him into a life in which holiness eclipses toil and poverty. From The Dead Sea to Jerusalem, Magia is able to evoke the world of the Gospels with beautifully penned prose." -Duncan W. Alderson, author of the Harper's Bazaar must-read Magnolia City
"Magia's prose is graceful and descriptive, evoking a strong sense of place...the characters complex and engaging." -Historical Novel Society
"Right from the start, the evocative and compelling tone of The Fisherman's Bride casts its line and draws in readers with a deftness that borders on enchantment. A powerfully written, compelling account of the impact of Jesus on all layers of society, narrated from the eyes of an outsider to his central group of believers who uses the ordinary life experiences of an unnamed wife to chronicle an extraordinary journey of love, faith, and miracles." -D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Magia's prose is languid and easily readable...intrinsically intimate and personal. She writes with skill and confidence about the ancient traditions...most of all, she writes captivatingly and intensely about the endurance of love--a subject she promises to explore further in an upcoming sequel." -Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books
"...the kind of literature I haven't read for a long time. Just the idea of writing about the wife of one of the eminent figures in Christian literature, Simon Peter, is appealing. But the execution is what will haunt readers; it's a very engaging and entertaining story...I have never read anything like this! The characters are glorious, the writing fascinating, with words flowing like a spell, and a plot that takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the center of their own hearts." -reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
"Readers will be riveted...The author does a tremendous job of taking the reader back in time to when Jesus walked the earth...fresh and original." -Kate Campbell, InDtale Magazine
"Magia's descriptive abilities transport us with all five senses into the ancient fishing villages surrounding and including Capernaum and Jerusalem...her prose often ascends to poetry." -Elaine Lyons Bach, author of Gentle Journey, member of Catholic Writers' Guild
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Author Catherine Magia takes this conceit and uses it to build something entirely original. Through the fictional wife of St. Peter, the reader is exposed to a remote and chaotic Middle East during the reign of Tiberius. Ms. Magia’s encyclopedic knowledge of the food, customs, landscapes and architecture of the time, and her use of the first person singular provide a visceral sense of every sight, sound and smell that occupies her bleak and vivid world. When Simon Peter brings in the day’s catch, you can smell the fish. The region’s tribalism, prejudices, violence, burdensome taxes and the tyranny of the Romans are all made immediate and real.
Her characters, especially Jesus’s chosen few, are strongly developed. They’re human. Yes, they have a calling, an urge to serve something bigger than themselves, but they’re also selfish. They don’t think twice before leaving their families behind to follow the prophet and many of them leave without even saying good-bye. Women, to put it mildly, are not treated as equals.
My only criticism of the novel lies with the author’s handling of the minor villains. Unlike Simon Peter, and Jesus’s followers, the evil characters are clichés. They’re one dimensional, duplicitous and cruel creations that border on being mustache twirlers.
But these characters are minor players in the novel and a minor quip in what is otherwise an engrossing experience.
Ms. Maglia has researched Israel, at the time of Christ, well. Her details of food, culture, family life and the overbearing Roman Empire exhibit many hours of dedicated research.
This story could have easily fallen into a preachy, predictable feminist diatribe, but avoids that trap. Simon Peter's wife is a woman of her time who is enraptured by a fiery, headstrong man—who becomes her husband—then awestruck by the man, Jesus, who she begins to understand is more than just a man.
As an author of Biblical fiction and a critical reader, I highly recommend this book and will look forward to the promised sequel. An easy Five Stars.