Review: "Sinners and the Sea," a dark debut novel by Rebecca Kanner

  • Article by: LAURA C. J. OWENS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 5:54 PM

FICTION: This dark debut novel re-imagines the biblical tale of Noah and the flood from the perspective of Noah’s unnamed wife.

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coylepatrickApr. 5, 13 8:39 PM

Just finished "Sinners and the Sea," a book I started this morning and could not put down. Hard to fathom this is Rebecca Kanner's first novel it is so good. Reviewer Owens compares it to "The Road," rightfully, as its that good, maybe better. But she wrongfully disparages the book for being too dark. Can you imagine a world so wicked God decides to destroy it and start over? Kanner can, and she creates such a world in vivid, shocking, heartbreaking, glorious detail. She does so via Noah's unnamed wife with a voice that feels biblical but reads like a great thriller. Literalists, allegorists, aetheists, evangelists--they'll all be happy with this interpretation of Noah's Ark. But so will anyone just looking for a great read. An amazing debut novel. I can't wait for the movie.

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