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About the Book
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, accused of witchery. And she is 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
________________________________________“Combining the brief biblical story of Zelophechad and his five daughters, Judging Noa, with its double-entendre, is a perfect title for this intriguing novel. With creative imagination, as well as her immense knowledge of flora and fauna, Michal Strutin took me on a journey in this multi-layered sensual and sense-laden technicolor story.”
— Peninnah Schram is an internationally known storyteller and author of, most recently, Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends & Letters
, co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
________________________________________“Michal Strutin’s debut novel, Judging Noa, brings these lost years to life in language that is by turns spare and uncomfortably direct, and lyrically poetic. Noa, the main heroine, seeks a new kind of 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. Strutin combines well-researched details of desert life with enchanting story-telling that rivals the tales of the Bible itself. Highly recommended!”
— Mary F. Burns, author of J – The Woman Who Wrote the Bible