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Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck

Noah's Wife

by Lindsay Starck

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This took me 9 weeks to get through. The premise of the story sounded interesting, but it was too slow. ( )
  NanaDebs | Jan 9, 2017 |
Interesting premise - young minister takes position in small town where it's been raining for - weeks? months? - Not sure, but a long time, and it rains for the duration of the book. The thing is, the book is so overwhelmingly somber, and there is no insight into the characters, what they're thinking or feeling, or why. "Noah's wife" is an example, in that everyone is someone's wife or husband or mother, or whatever. No characters are developed in their own right, and I, at least, never became interested enough in any of them to really care about them, or what happened to them. Even the town, caught up in the troubles of the rain, which could have been a heartbreaking thing, or transformative thing, is just a sketchy background to sketchy characters. I did finish it, but that's more due to the fact of my stubborn nature and the comparative short length. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | May 7, 2016 |
It wasn’t always raining, but for the townspeople who have not yet fled, it is beginning to seem as if the rain has been falling forever. Many have abandoned the town, but those who remain are slowly wearing down; weary, they spend most of their time in introspective soul-searching as they question their own decisions. And yet, they cling to the improbability of dawning rainless days, diminishing puddles, and the return of sunshine.

Noah, a man of God called to serve their nestled-in-the-hills church, arrives with his wife in time to conduct a funeral. As the relentless rain continues to fall, they meet the disparate group of quirky characters populating the small town, each wondering if their hope has been misplaced. Should they continue to believe it will get better, that the rain will end? Should they stay or should they go?

With a nod to the Biblical narrative of Noah, the forty chapters of this book contain a variety of animals, boats, incessant rain, a white dove, and a flood. But the dreary rain, with its heavy clouds and persistent greyness, assumes the role of a foreboding character rather than an occurrence in the telling of this tale; ultimately, it overwhelms both the story and the reader.

With a narrative that is heavy on tell and extremely light on show, the drawn-out, fable-like story tends toward repetition as it drags along. And, although well-developed, the characters feel more like individually-drawn studies than cohesive parts of a whole brought together to tell a tale.

The author’s imagery is breathtaking and the finely-detailed writing is beautiful. Thought-provoking, “Noah’s Wife” propels readers on a pensive quest to explore faith, commitment, courage, strength, compassion, and hope as they ponder the choices they themselves might make. ( )
  jfe16 | Feb 6, 2016 |
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In the beginning it was not raining, but it is raining now—and steadily.
It has been raining for so long that even though it has not always been raining the townspeople begin to feel as though this is the case—as though the weather has always been this way, the sky this gray, the puddles this profound.
And so finds Noah’s wife when she arrives in this gray and wet little town in the hills where it’s been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Driven by her desire to help her minister husband revive the congregation, Noah’s wife is thwarted by the resistance of her eccentric new neighbors and her failure to realize that her husband is battling his own internal crisis.  

As Noah and his wife strive to bring the townspeople to the church—and keep the strains on their marriage at bay—the rain intensifies, impeding their efforts. Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the river swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront the savage forces of nature and attempt to reinforce the fragile ties that bind them to each other before their world is washed away.

Full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.

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When young minister Noah and his dutiful wife arrive at their new post in the hills, they find a gray and wet little town where it's been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Noah's wife is determined to help her husband revive this soggy congregation, but soon finds her efforts thwarted by her eccentric new neighbors, among them an idiom-wielding Italian hardware store owner, a towering town matriarch, and a lovelorn zookeeper determined to stand by his charges. Overwhelmed, Noah's wife fails to realize that Noah, too, is battling his own internal crisis. Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the water swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.… (more)

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