The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
First I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the author of this extraordinary novel, Eva Etzioni-Halevy, for sending me this book. If it had not been for her, I may have never had the honour of reading it.
Okay, but OTHER than THAT. This book is absolutely stunning in its writing. Etzioni-Halevy is an extremely talented writer who successfully weaves several lives together and knows when to leave one character and visit another, and you are taken from storyline to storyline seamlessly and with nary a jarring scene change. I simply could not put it down. There is plenty of historical content, but set against a backdrop of the relationships of Barak, Asherah, Nogah and Deborah, it is anything but dull or dry. It is as vibrant and colorful as the rugs that lined the tents of Deborah. It is as gilded as the great Judges chair upon which she sat. It is as fragrant as the spices that laced the wine. In short, it is FANTASTIC.
I can give it none other than a very exhuberant 5 OUT OF 5.
I am now going to rush out and read the other two of her novels: The Song of Hannah and The Garden of Ruth!
You can read more about the author and her works along with great interviews with her on her website.