After Abel (Kobo eBook)
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award: The women of the Bible are radiantly brought to life in an “original and thought-provoking” story collection (Kirkus Reviews).
Informed by the author’s deep knowledge of the Old Testament and vividly reimagined with contemporary clarity, each of these nine stories recasts a biblical saga from the perspective of a pivotal woman.
Eve considers motherhood. Miriam tends to Moses. Lot’s wife looks back. From these familiar starting points, Michal Lemberger offers a “fresh and engaging” perspective on distant times, giving voice to silent, oft-marginalized figures: their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles and challenges (Publishers Weekly).
In “City of Refuge,” Yael, the Kenite woman who beheaded the Caananite general Sisera, is revealed as a true pacifist. In “Shiloh,” Lemberger explores the notorious rivalry between Elkanah’s wives Hannah and Penina to find proof of the unshakeable bonds of sisterhood
“Michal Lemberger is a wonderful writer—empathetic and heartbreaking, generous and fierce. The searing beauty of these stories is matched only by the passion and intelligence of the women who inhabit these pages. After Abel is a stunning book.” —Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans