07 February 2012

Havah - Tosca Lee

  • ISBN-13: 9781433668791
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 384

She knew this earth when it was perfect—like her, for a time. Made by God in a manner like no other, she lived in utter peace without flaw in paradise until one fateful decision changed everything. Now, all humanity suffers for her mistake. But what did it feel like then to first sin and be exiled, to see all innocence crumble so vividly, and a strange new world take its place?
Experience the epic dawn of mankind through the eyes and heart of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.
"A passionate and riveting story of the Bible's first woman. Lee's superior storytelling will have readers weeping for all that Havah forfeited by a single damning choice


What Publisher's Weekly Had To Say About Havah:

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.
Lee surprised the evangelical Christian literary world with her acclaimed Demon: A Memoir. Her fans will be equally pleased with her newest, a passionate and riveting story of the Bible's first woman and her remarkable journey after being cast from paradise. Havah, Adam's chosen name for Eve, recounts her life from a singular vantage point. From having known only blissful innocence, she must struggle through every post-Garden moment. Frustration compounds her plight as she repeatedly attempts to regain her former idyllic existence and repeatedly fails. Havah's life becomes a fight for survival once she and Adam are cast from the Garden, and Lee's poetic prose beautifully depicts the couple's slow surrender to a world tending to destruction. Havah gives birth, raises a brood of children, watches one son kill another, observes disease and death. Yet all the while, she waits for the fulfillment of "the One" (God) who will bring reconciliation and redemption through her seed. Lee's superior storytelling will have readers weeping for all that Havah forfeited by a single damning choice.
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I couldn't wait for this novel to be released.  I longed to read it for months and literally counted down the days until it was finally available for review.  I feel pretty confident that I was among the few lucky people to receive a review copy as soon as it was released.  Ahhh, advanced reader copies I do love them.  Tosca Lee is probably one of my favorite authors and she is without a doubt a talented and gifted writer.  Havah is a unique novel in so many ways.  It charts territory at once familiar and foreign.  Ms. Lee tackles this timeless tale with an authority that allows the reader to experience the story of Adam and Eve in a way that you were not taught in Sunday School...full of very human wonder, despair, tragedy and joy. 

Havah is beautifully written and will probably change you in ways quite unexpected...highly recommended.


Tosca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir, a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year silver award winner and 2008 Christy award finalist. She earned her degree in English from Smith College, is an international consultant, and was first runner-up to Mrs. United States.

* I received an advance copy from the publisher for purposes of review. I was in no way obligated to write a review much less a favorable one. The opinions stated herein are all my own.


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