The Jewish Daily Forward gave me the opportunity to write about something more important now than ever

In our current social media and political climates, particularly the rise of Donald J. Trump, a woman’s looks are fair game whenever she’s mentioned. It’s more important now than ever to tell stories of women that emphasize intelligence and courage rather than beauty. Thanks to The Jewish Daily Forward for letting me write about something so close to my heart.

Esther

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Beyond Beauty, my interview with Lilith Magazine

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

Lillith Interview

A 5 star review that uses one of my favorite words to describe my book. Fabulous!

“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.

http://bookloversparadise.blogspot.com/2015/09/esther-by-rebecca-kanner.html

A 4.5 star review from The Romantic Times. Another day = made.

She must be intelligent as well as attractive in order to please the king, but brave and clever to defend herself and those she loves from deadly competitors – See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/esther-0#sthash.YykVfocA.dpuf

Esther by Rebecca Kanner

My day = made.

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Okay, so I know I said I was done with Esther, but I’m changing my tune because Rebecca Kanner totally grabbed my attention with her new novel Esther which comes out in November. I was intrigued by Kanner’s previous book about Noah’s wife, Sinners and the Sea, but I never got around to reading it. I guess I’ve got to go find it now!

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For Esther, becoming queen is a matter of life and death. The king’s harem is a dangerous place and only the favored or the very ruthless survive. To ensure her survival, Esther sets her sights on being queen and embarks on a quest to get there no matter what the cost. She finds help and allies in unexpected places and gradually comes to accept that sacrifices must be made, sometimes by her, and sometimes on her behalf by those she comes to love to secure her place as…

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