I retold the story of Esther so that beauty and obedience weren’t her most important characteristics. I was inspired by looking at paintings of Anne Boleyn and reading descriptions of Cleopatra (as well as looking at pictures of the coins that feature her). While these women are widely believed to have been gorgeous, they were not actually pictures of traditional physical perfection. Their personalities, including both wit and charm, are what I believe accounted for much of their attractiveness. We have continued to mythologize their beauty as an explanation for their success (however short-lived it was for Anne Boleyn), instead of focusing on their intellects. – See more at: http://lilith.org/blog/2016/03/rebecca-kanner-retells-the-biblical-story-of-esther-in-her-new-novel/#sthash.CQTCkbUd.dpuf
I can’t not reblog a review of Esther with the line “Ms. Kanner’s prose is absolutely beautiful.”
A glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon. He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force. He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god. Anything he desires, he has. Any woman he wants, he possesses. Thousands of them. Young virgins ripped from all across his many lands.
A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering, scorched earth to the capitol city. Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the King’s palace, she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king. Soon the fated night arrives, and she…
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My favorite interview yet! I love Lori & Julia and enjoyed the behind the scenes look at their studio, including the man wall.
“What parts in this book are you holding your breath on and hoping they are well received by the reader?”
“”What [Rebecca] read was so riveting, so powerful, that there wasn’t another sound in the room than her quiet voice.”
“This is a wonderfully written, well researched book. Kanner’s descriptions and writing style will leave the reader breathless and wanting more. This is a work of fiction, but I feel as if I actually know Esther the person.
I highly recommend ESTHER, This is a fabulous book.” 5/5 stars.