Since the publication of her acclaimed novel, Ahab's Wife, in which she reimagined Moby Dick from the perspective of the wife of Ahab, and to her most recent novel, Abundance, about the life of Marie Antoinette, Sena Jeter Naslund has created amazingly detailed fictional worlds inspired by literary classics as well as history.
In her new novel, coming this fall, Naslund looks to one of the very first stories, so to speak, in Adam & Eve. Library Journal has already said of Adam & Eve, “to describe the elements of this ambitious novel is to sound unhinged, but Naslund pulls it off. This thriller is rich in brilliant discourses on religion, fanaticism, the meaning of ancient cave art, the speculative future, and love.”
World-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann studied the starry skies as a text to be deciphered for clues pointing toward extraterrestrial life. In the wake of his untimely – and suspicious – death on an Amsterdam street in 2015, his widow, Lucy, is left with nothing more than memories and Thom’s computer flash drive, which she wears on a cord around her neck. Five years later, anthropologist Pierre Saad entreats Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered papyrus scroll out of Egypt. The text documents the human authorship of the Book of Genesis – and its reinterpretation of the creation story itself threatens the very foundation of all three major world religions. The last time Lucy saw Pierre was in Amsterdam, where he had traveled at the behest of his good friend Thom Bergmann . . .
Lucy accepts the assignment, but disappears midway through her desperate flight. Stranded by the Tigris-Euphrates River in the Iraq desert, the severely wounded Lucy is rescued by a delusional American soldier, Adam, whose own search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness. Ultimately forsaking their mysterious Eden, Lucy and Adam make their way back toward civilization – and the forces that would stop them and the dangerous knowledge that they convey.
Positioned squarely in the ongoing controversy between evolutionists and creationists, Sena Jeter Naslund’s novel Adam & Eve expands the definition of a “sacred book,” and suggests that true madness lies in wars and violence fueled by religious literalism and intolerance, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. A thriller, a romance, an adventure, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a tour de force by a master contemporary storyteller.
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