Rachel and Leah (Women of Genesis Series #3)

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In this third volume of his Women of Genesis series, Orson Scott Card paints a vivid picture of the intertwined lives of four celebrated women. We meet Leah, the oldest daughter of Laban, whose "tender eyes" prevent her from fully participating in the daily work of her nomadic family, and Rachel, the spoiled younger daughter, the petted and privileged beauty of the family -- or so it seems to Leah.
There is also Bilhah, an orphan who is not quite a slave but not really a family ...

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Overview

In this third volume of his Women of Genesis series, Orson Scott Card paints a vivid picture of the intertwined lives of four celebrated women. We meet Leah, the oldest daughter of Laban, whose "tender eyes" prevent her from fully participating in the daily work of her nomadic family, and Rachel, the spoiled younger daughter, the petted and privileged beauty of the family -- or so it seems to Leah.
There is also Bilhah, an orphan who is not quite a slave but not really a family member, a young woman desperately searching to fit in, and Zilpah, who knows only how to use her beauty to manipulate men as she strives to secure for herself something better than the life of drudgery and servitude into which she has been born.

Into the desert camp comes Jacob, a handsome and charismatic kinsman who is clearly destined to be Rachel's husband. But that doesn't prevent the other women from vying for his attention.

Tracing their lives from childhood to maturity, Card shows how these women change each other -- and are changed again by the holy books that Jacob brings with him. Ambition, jealousy, fear, and love motivate them as they vie for the attention of Jacob, heir to the spiritual birthright of Abraham and Isaac.

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"This series is definitely for those interested in women in the Bible, and in such novels as The Red Tent."--Kliatt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765341297
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Series: Women of Genesis Series, #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 222,814
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.71 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

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    1. Hometown:
      Greensboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richland, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Excellent Bible Tale

    Card has a special flair for bringing lesser known bible tales to life in a compelling manner. This is one of those tales. The grandson of Abraham & Sarah (Jacob) travels to a relative's camp (Laban) to find a bride. He is promised by Laban that if he works for seven years, that he can marry Laban's youngest daughter Rachel. Jacob agrees and then needs somebody to copy the holy books of Abraham that he carries.

    Jacob is assigned Bilhah, the handmaiden of Laban's older daughter Leah. Bilhah is a young woman who was robbed of her inherited dowery by an unscrupulous cousin who was indentured to Laban. With no place to go and no money, she ended up living in Laban's camp. Leah has difficulty with her sight (probably just severly near-sighted) which makes it difficult for her father to find a husband for her. Also, she has a very "bitter" personality because of this which does not help matters.

    Leah becomes interested in Jacob's holy books and joins Bilhah and Jacob in reading and discussing the holy books. Little by little the words of the books creep in to Leah's soul making her a less bitter. With Leah's love of the books, it becomes obvious that she has more in common with Jacob than Leah, who spends her days attending the herds.

    To say more, would spoil the ending for those not familiar with it. I really enjoyed this tale and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Can it be?....

    I have not finish the book yet.... I just finished 'In the Shadow of the Ark' by Anne Provoost, and when I went to put the book away, I noticed that both covers had the same picture... now, you might be thinking so what? But I am into these books, this time in history, and I hate to think the author did not research his cover a little better... Is Rachel the same as ReJana from the Ark or if you research a little more.. the same as 'Flaming June' Just disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    Awesome

    Just as its predessors, it had me on the first page. Card does an amazing job of recreating the world these women lived in. He gives each of these women believable personalities that the reader falls in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    Well worth the wait!

    I have waited and searched for this book ever since reading the first two novels in the series and I have not been disappointed. The tale is crafted beautifully and no word is wasted. Definitily a book that you cannot put down once you pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    Enchantingly Beautiful

    Although this biblical story of Rachel and Leah never fails to interest me in pretty much any form I have to say that Mr. Card has written a masterpiece. I am not the most religious of people but after reading this book I was inspired. I have read the three books that are in this series but if you have not read the previous books Sarah and Rebekah it doesn't affect your complete understanding of this book. I strongly recommend all three books. In this novel betrayal, love, religion, and intense characterizations are skillfully combined to make the famous Rachel and Leah, wives of the prophet Jacob, seem like our own friends. Mr. Card shows Jacob's humanity and creates an ancient world and a different kind of lifestyle that captures its readers until they are no longer readers but the people in that world, alongside the beautiful Rachel, the tender-eyed Leah, the orphan Bilhah, the seductress Zilpah, and the prophet of God: Jacob, whom all of these women will come to love.

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