A Novel

Book - 2015
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A fictional telling of how Queen Esther risked her life to prevent the killing of all the Jews in Persia.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015
Edition: First Howard Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501108662
Characteristics: xii, 381 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: KANNER, R


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Dec 23, 2019

I didn’t really like this book. There are a few things that I didn’t like or agree with.
I didn’t like how both Esther and Mordecai are written off as not having a relationship with God. How they don’t appear to be people of faith in God and how they appear to actually believe more in the Persian gods, and not just for pretense in order to hide their Judaism.
I didn’t like that Esther had romantic feelings for one of her soldiers despite her being married to the king. Even though the king did have multiple concubines, I don’t believe for one second that Esther would have sinned against God by having feelings for another man who was not her husband.
And another thing I didn’t really like was that, the book actually has some pretty mature language for a Christian book.

Sep 15, 2016

Award-winning author Rebecca Kanner returns to the Old Testament, this time drawing from one of the most powerful and often-portrayed female figures in Biblical history: Esther, the Jewish virgin who became a Persian queen and saved her people from destruction. [...] There are several deviations from the traditional Esther story that Kanner takes which reveal a complexity of depth and richness beneath the glittering facade of the Persian Empire, a setting and culture which, in other retellings, can be forgotten completely. Kanner focuses not on Esther’s faith, but on her desperation, which makes for a compelling piece of historical fiction.


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