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The book of V. a novel

by Solomon, Anna,

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"This propulsive historical novel intertwines the lives of the Bible's Queen Esther, a senator's wife in the 1970s, and a Brooklyn mother in 2016, whose stories trace surprising and moving parallels across centuries"--
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Booklist Review: "Solomon's (Leaving Lucy Pear, 2016) latest is a well written, evocative novel following three women grappling with their newfound identities. Esther, as in the Book of Esther, has been chosen as the next queen after the disgrace and disappearance of Queen Vashti. Esther's magical powers do little to keep her safe or protect her people targeted by the crown. In the 1970s, Vee is left out to dry after refusing her senator husband's shocking request. In the present, Lily navigates her role as a stay-at-home mom and second wife while preparing her children's costumes for a Purim carnival, which she feels wholly underprepared for. While their tales are thematically linked throughout, it is not until late in the book that further connections appear--but each story line is captivating regardless. The three women's interior monologues dominate the book, sometimes at the cost of secondary character development, but that does little to distract. A winner for fans of historical fiction, literary women's fiction, and Jewish interest stories, this would also make for an interesting book discussion."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Solomon (Leaving Lucy Pear) models this clever, heartfelt triptych on The Hours, weaving a retelling of the biblical story of Esther with the linked stories of a senator's wife and a Brooklyn mom. In the ancient Persian town of Susa, new king Ahasuerus banishes his wife, Vashti, after she refuses to strip for Ahasuerus's friends. At a house party in 1970s Washington, D.C., Vee Kent's husband, Sen. Alexander Kent, makes the same lewd request Ahasuerus made to Vashti. Vee refuses, and is sent packing by Alexander's chief of staff. Vee takes refuge with her best friend, Rosemary, who's converting to Judaism in solidarity with her husband. In 2016 Brooklyn, Lily is getting her kids ready for Purim when she learns that her mother, Ruth, has been diagnosed with cancer. Later, Lily connects with one of Ruth's old friends, who shares surprising details about her mother's identity and past experience. Solomon connects these stories in a way that's fresh and tantalizing, with fascinating intergenerational discussions about desire, duty, family, and feminism, as well as a surprising, completely believable twist. This frank, revisionist romp through a Bible tale is a winner. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Legislators' spouses Fiction
Mothers Fiction
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
Bible fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Henry Holt and Co.2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781250257000
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