Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Seven top novels inspired by the Bible

Jeanne Blasberg is an award-winning and bestselling author and essayist. Her novel The Nine (2019) was honored with the 2019 Foreword Indies Gold Award in Thriller & Suspense and the Gold Medal and Juror’s Choice in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards. Eden (2017), her debut, won the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Her new novel is Daughter of a Promise, a modern retelling of the legend of David and Bathsheba, completing the thematic trilogy Blasberg began with Eden and The Nine.

At Electric Lit she tagged seven "novels based on the Bible that prove love, passion, and jealousy will always be universal," including:
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

Weaving three story lines together, the novel follows 3 women across 300 years: Lily is living in 2016 Brooklyn and struggling with reconciling her role as wife and mother with her sexual desires and intellectual ambitions. Vivian is a senator’s wife in ‘70s D.C. who would do anything to advance her husband’s career, until a shocking request becomes the tipping point. In ancient Persia, Esther is a young woman living outside the palace. During Purim, she saves her people by marrying the King after he banishes his first wife Vashti. The Book of V takes the Book of Esther and makes it contemporary, exploring women’s agency and power throughout history.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue