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Rachel & Leah (Women of Genesis (Forge)) Hardcover – June, 2004
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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 Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Orson Scott Card, an internationally acclaimed writer, is the author of Ender's Game, The Tales of Alvin Maker, and two novels in the Women of Genesis collection, Sarah and Rebekah, as well as many other novels, stories, essays, and plays. He is the first author to win both the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel two years in a row. Scott and his wife, Kristine, are the parents of five children and live in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Imagine my surprise, then, when I read them and loved the experience!
Imagine again my surprise when I started on Rachel and Leah and was... not overwhelmed. The book is by no means bad -- it still shows Card's masterful command of characters and his ability to build a world and a situation in which you can truly believe.
This time around, though, the story wanders... a lot. Apparently, he's actually chosen to split the story into two books, the second of which is not only not published yet (4 years later), but doesn't have a release date or any mention of it being on the horizon. I believe that Card has actually even stated that this was an incredibly difficult book to write, and sadly it shows as I found the narrative to be a little all over the place.
For those familiar with the story, Card has chosen to end this novel at the wedding of Jacob and Rachel, planning his second volume to cover the following years. I agree with the necessity to split the stories, and while I do consider this book less focused and enjoyable than the first two, I do still feel like Card did a fair job (certainly much better than I could have done) writing a very difficult story.
Rachel and Leah come to life with emotions, quirks, and lives of their own. Card offers a glimpse into what Leah might have thought as her father, Laban, prepared to marry off his younger, more beautiful daughter first. Jacob, the cousin from a distant land, grows in favor with Laban's family and gains respect in the reader's eyes as the story unfolds.
For those who might worry that Card, himself a Mormon, might use the book as a pulpit for evangelism, you need not worry. The story is driven by its characters, and all religious references are there to serve the characters rather than any ideological agenda. Fans of Card's science fiction novels will enjoy his characteristic style come to life in a new setting and should not be turned away for fear of the religious content.