The Author's Studio


Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Tales of Noah's Wife and Esther

Rebecca Kanner

10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2018


Local author Rebecca Kanner was overcome with the desire to give voice to Noah’s wife, a woman who was only mentioned in passing in the bible. A 500-year-old man who everyone thinks is crazy, a host of vulgar sinners, a world on the verge of destruction. For Rebecca, this material was irresistible. Her reimagined wife of Noah is “a powerful, memorable character” (Publisher’s Weekly) who “proves her strength and character as she tries to protect her family… from the outside forces that threaten” (Kirkus Reviews).

Kanner's reimagined version of The Book of Esther tells the story of a Jewish orphan who hid her religion and rose up to become the queen of Persia at a time when the king's closest adviser was calling for the genocide of the Jewish people. Esther had to decide just how much she was willing to sacrifice to save her people.

"Kanner's characters crackle to life as Esther's tale is related in glorious detail. Razor-sharp dialog set against the backdrop of a court rife with treachery and political intrigue keep the pages turning. Esther is highly intelligent, politically savvy, and determined" (Library Journal).