On Sale April 2018
Noa, at sixteen, sets out with the twelve tribes of the Exodus, dreaming of a life of freedom and the Promised Land that her father says will be theirs. When religious fanatics kill her father, Noa and her four sisters are in danger of being sold into bondage. Noa vows to win women’s rights of inheritance to protect her sisters and herself. Pleading her case before ever-higher courts, Noa encounters a malicious judge and the dark side of power.
Gaining strength and complexity as she approaches the highest judge, Noa and her pursuit causes turmoil among the tribes: she is a notorious troublemaker, and heroic. Based on a few biblical verses, the turbulence of Noa’s life is set against the sweeping turbulence of the Exodus. In Judging Noa, her quest for justice is a journey that has as much meaning today as it did then.
“Judging Noa is an impeccably researched and richly detailed story of one woman’s struggle against a patriarchal system that threatens not only her freedom but her life. Noa’s courage and determination make for an empowering and thought-provoking read.”
—Rebecca Kanner, award-winning author of Esther: A Novel and Sinners and the Sea: the Untold Story of Noah’s Wife
“Noa’s quest is the focus of this imaginative retelling of the brief biblical story of Zelophechad and his five daughters. With her immense knowledge of the flora and fauna of the wilderness, Michal Strutin took me on a multi-layered, sensual, and sense-laden journey.”
—Peninnah Schram, teacher and renowned storyteller, whose most recent book is Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends and Letters with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
“Michal Strutin’s debut novel, Judging Noa, brings the Exodus to life in language that is spare and lyrical. Noa seeks justice from a patriarchal society that is loath to change anything in the midst of the wrenching cultural upheaval that is turning them from slaves to a free people.”
—Mary F. Burns, author of J – The Woman Who Wrote the Bible
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