The Resource Noah's wife, Lindsay Starck

Noah's wife, Lindsay Starck

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Noah's wife
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Noah's wife
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Lindsay Starck
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Noahs wife
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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
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  • It’s safe to assume that a novel called Noah’s Wife would feature rain—a lot of it. It’s been raining so long in the unnamed town that provides the setting for Starck’s story that no one can remember when the rain began. When the energetic new minister, Noah, and Noah’s wife (she has no other name) arrive, they find a “small gray ghost town.” Most of the townspeople have fled, just a handful of animals are left in the zoo, which was once a tourist draw, and the previous minister walked into the river and drowned. Noah inspires the townspeople to take the animals into their homes when the zoo is washed away, but his despair at not being able to save the town leads to a crisis in faith and, for his wife, a reevaluation. Meanwhile, the townspeople who have refused to evacuate are trapped and forced to move to higher ground—with the animals—when their homes are flooded. Starck has crafted a quirky tale with several strong characters, and despite occasional lapses into didacticism, her modern-day fable of faith, hope, loss, and illusion is intriguing. -- Quinn, Mary Ellen (Reviewed 11-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 5, p33)
  • Debut author Starck inventively imagines Old Testament stories within a contemporary setting. Noah and his photographer wife swap his city parish for ministry in an unnamed coastal town where it won't stop raining. The former reverend of the town committed suicide, but the remaining townspeople are a resilient, quirky bunch, including Mrs. McGinn, the outspoken diner owner and de facto mayor, and Mauro, a shopkeeper. Sometimes the naming is a bit obvious: Adam is the zookeeper, and Jonas is the weatherman who foresees doom. Noah begins the thankless tasks of restoring the dilapidated church and encouraging his parishioners, but doubts he is making any difference. His dutiful wife—never named—serves the community on his behalf, tending to displaced zoo animals and concocting a flood evacuation plan. The novel's 40 chapters cleverly reflect the 40 days of the Genesis flood. Minor characters, such as a widower who performs magic tricks, take on more and more significance, until eventually their sermonizing supplants Noah's former role. Meanwhile, his wife largely remains a cipher. Still, the biblical motifs of pairs, exodus, exile, prophecy, and hope echo strongly. Starck's bright voice should hold particular appeal for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Sara Gruen. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/08/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 06, p)
  • There's an endless amount of rain, animals from a once-renowned and now ruined zoo, various boats, and a man of God named Noah. But this isn't your average biblical flood scenario. First of all, the setting for Starck's debut is the United States, primarily a spot that was once a charming tourist destination in the hills but which, after the nonstop downpour, has become a moldering ghost town. Second, the era is modern, complete with TVs, trucks, and a visiting state weatherman who warns the townsfolk that no end to the rain is in sight and that they are doomed unless they evacuate within the next week. Charismatic, joyful, energetic minister Noah has arrived, along with his wife, after the previous minister's death—was it suicide?—with a simple mission: to do some good. But can his faith triumph where another has succumbed? Starck's unusual, often charmingly phrased fable is constructed around the responses of a band of individuals to life's unpredictable challenges. The townsfolk who stay on—loyal zookeeper Adam, sincere Italian storekeeper Mauro, indomitable diner-owner Mrs. McGinn—show their mettle as the fabric of their lives and homes crumbles away, even billeting the zoo animals after their quarters are inundated. There's comedy in the penguins lodging in Mrs. McGinn's walk-in freezer and tragedy as Noah falters in the face of the onslaught. But Starck's story has largely upbeat messages to deliver: the animals point out a path to safety; the community comes together; true hearts are conjoined; and Mrs. Noah rallies the rescue forces. Variously romantic, symbolic, philosophical, feminist, and fanciful, this is an atmospheric tale that meanders to a sweetly rousing conclusion. Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It's the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2015)
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Starck, Lindsay
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813/.6
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  • City and town life
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  • City and town life
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Noah's wife, Lindsay Starck
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1473892
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22 cm
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387 pages
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9780399159237
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(hardcover)
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2015007435
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399159237
  • (OCoLC)904335930
Label
Noah's wife, Lindsay Starck
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1473892
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780399159237
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015007435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399159237
  • (OCoLC)904335930

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