A Novel

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"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 ... 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 does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his queen. But wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers. When a ruthless man plies the king's ear with whispers of genocide, it is up to the young queen to prevent the extermination of the Jews. She must find the strength within to violate the king's law, risk her life, and save her people. This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one's self. Of risking it all to stand up for what is right. This is the story of Queen Esther"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., ©2015
ISBN: 9781501108662
Branch Call Number: KANNER
Characteristics: xii, 381 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 15, 2016

Award-winning author Rebecca Kanner returns to the Old Testament, this time drawing from one of the most powerful and often-portrayed female figures in Biblical history: Esther, the Jewish virgin who became a Persian queen and saved her people from destruction. [...] There are several deviations from the traditional Esther story that Kanner takes which reveal a complexity of depth and richness beneath the glittering facade of the Persian Empire, a setting and culture which, in other retellings, can be forgotten completely. Kanner focuses not on Esther’s faith, but on her desperation, which makes for a compelling piece of historical fiction.

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