One-sentence summary: A young woman has intense visions of the creation story while recovering from serious injury, casting new light on Adam’s and Eve’s roles in the fall.
B.A.D. Girls Book Rating: 7
Our favorite thing about it: The view and portrayal of women in the creation story was very interesting.
Our least favorite thing about it: It was a little confusing to start and therefore hard to get into.
Main Topics of Discussion: Imagery, Creativity, Worthiness, Women
Our favorite quote: “I don’t believe in God. I know God! Once you know someone, believing is no longer a concern.”
Notes: This novel was quite interesting…once you got past the very confusing beginning. Most of us admitted to having some trouble getting into the story because the first part was just weird and didn’t “grab” us. However, somewhere along the way, we did become interested in what would happen to the characters and in the story. We felt like this story was not only an ambitious one to take on, but it was done in a very creative way so as to provoke thought and discussion. We felt that we got most of the points the author was trying to make, but he certainly didn’t drive them home. We were left scratching our heads on more than one plot point…maybe that was intended.
The imagery surrounding the women characters of childbearing, mother and child relationships, and the power/powerlessness of women was interesting to us and challenged our perceptions of a story we’ve heard so often. The themes of truth and honesty and worthiness as well as control and certainty were big parts of our discussion. In the end, we all enjoyed the story as well as the things it made us think about in a new way.
Memorable Meeting Moments: This was our Christmas meeting, so we exchanged gifts and books with each other. We also played our yearly Jeopardy game.
What We Ate: Gnocchi mac n’ cheese (!), Salad, Rolls, and Beef Tenderloin