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Havah: The Story of Eve
by Tosca Lee

Published by: Navpress (2008)

354 pages

Rating: 10/10

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Also by Tosca Lee:

Demon: A Memoir

Tosca Lee burst on the Christian fiction scene with Demon: A Memoir, which was easily one of my favorite books last year and still resonates in my thoughts today. Her follow-up novel is the story of Eve, perhaps as you've never seen it before.

Too often, some readers avoid books like this - a novel based on something Biblical. It's become a cliche about Christian fiction, somehow less worthwhile as a "real novel." And yet, some of the greatest fiction I've ever read has been based on Biblical stories, especially those that are not very fleshed out within Scripture itself. Those who skip this one just because it's "a Bible story" will be seriously missing out.

From the opening words, Tosca Lee captures a fascinating character in Eve. Biblical events unfold just as written, but from her point of view, opening up a wealth of storytelling and character exploration possibilities.

Your imagination may have one particular idea of the Garden of Eden and it may not match this one... but Lee's imagination is absolutely enthralling. She avoids any major pitfalls while sticking to what the Bible says (with the one odd exception of Adam being around for many days before Eve). But while you might think such an approach would be restrictive, such is not the case at all. Think about it: how much of Eve's story is recorded in Genesis? A few paragraphs? And here is a woman who likely lived close to a thousand years. There's a lot of room there for hundreds of unknown stories.

And yet Lee's major focus is on Eve's emotional responses to actual events. Some of them raise ideas I had never considered. For example: when God gave Adam & Eve the fur clothes to replace their fig leaves, it's always portrayed in children's stories as a good thing. I never considered that God killed animals... that Adam and Eve probably knew by name...

This is a wonderful book, worthy of re-reading several times. Tosca Lee is two-for-two. What will her next novel be like? Highly Recommended.