- Series: Women of Genesis (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (November 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765341298
- ISBN-13: 978-0765341297
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel & Leah (Women of Genesis) Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2005
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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
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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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.
While the book is clearly one about faith, it does not shove that down the reader's throat. The women have normal hopes, fears and dreams. They are shown to be as strong as the men around them, which isn't a common view from biblical times. It is not often you can find spiritually uplifting fiction that flows this well.
Card is an excellent writer, and fans of his better known science fiction and fantasy works would be well served to try out this series.
In many ways the story is very enjoyable. As usual, Card's characterizations are well done. He is a believer in "if you know how a person thinks about himself on the inside you'll understand him so much that you can't help but love him, imperfections and all." So he makes some characters self centered, others altrustic, others immature, but when the story is told from their point of view they are all sympathetic. It's interesting from that level alone. It's also interesting to get a more detailed view of life in Genesis days, the way people were casually treated as slaves and such. Card does his homework and makes the day to day details in the story as accurate as possible. All in all not a bad story, just one that once explored by Card in intimate detail, I didn't like.