Forty Nights

Forty Nights

by Stephanie Parent

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Neima, her family, and her grandfather Noah have found themselves trapped aboard an ark as a great flood destroys all life in the world. As their time aboard the ark lengthens, food begins to run out, wild animals grow restless, and family tensions become as much of a threat as the flood outside. In the second and final installment of Neima’s Ark, the stakes are higher, the conflicts are greater, and Neima finds herself facing a choice as impossible as the destruction all around her.

Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.

Forty Days, the first half of Neima's story, is free on all major ebook retailers including Amazon.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148676386
Publisher: Stephanie Parent
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Series: Neima's Ark , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 425 KB

About the Author

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

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Forty Nights 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Religion is a subject that both fascinates and terrifies me, like a lot of people. I can only think of one book that I can compare to the Neima's Ark series, a series that reimagines biblical times through a woman's point-of-view, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (I'm sure there are many more.) And while the series is set during one of the most iconic events of the Bible, the Great Flood, it is not really a religious story at all. From the standpoint of someone of who does have a religious background, it's thought-provoking. Even if you don't know the story or the details, it is a dangerous and exciting story. I want to dedicate what's left of my review to praise author Stephanie Parent. Young Adult Historical, let alone a story set during biblical times, is not exactly the "It" trend now. It can't be easy to reimagine a story that is virtually timeless, but Parent did it, and she did a terrific job. Besides how well I think the story is done, I have to say that every single story of hers I've read has been pretty excellent. Her writing is nearly flawless, and always thoughtful. If you are looking for something new, out of your comfort zone, and exciting, I do recommend the Neima's Ark series. Favorite Quote: Jorin sighs and wraps his arms tighter around me. "I don't know if this God truly exists. But I've had a lot of time to think, these past few days. And I think--I think that if he does exist, he must speak some distant, long-forgotten language that one man could never understand completely. Interpreting God's words must be trying to make sense of the howl of a wolf, or the trumpeting of an elephant. The song of a bird."
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Parent wrote the perfect conclusion to Neima's vivid detail. I think one of my favorite things about Neima's story is the way in which Ms. Parent's prose creates such real images. I'm living on the ark, right along with Neima and her family. I can hear all the noises from the animals and the ark, smell the unpleasant smells, and feel the hunger and the fear of both the people and the animals on board. Forty Nights begins where Forty Days left us - with the discovery of Jorin, a friend of Neima's but NOT a member of Noah's family. A moral dilemma ensues - what should be done with Jorin if Noah is to believe his God? Noah's God told him that only his family is to survive the flood. Once again, Ms. Parent has provided a philosophical topic for discussion and I was very impressed with her thought-provoking ideas and explanations. I found this conclusion to Neima's story equally as satisfying as the first portion. Living through the story of Noah's Ark - seeing it through the eyes of his granddaughter, hearing her thoughts and seeing her actions and the action of her family, was riveting. I also delighted in seeing emotional growth in Neima's family. That the time on the ark allowed them to grow bold enough to shrug off some of their old ways and evolve in a manner perhaps better suited to living in the strange new world brought about the flood and Noah's God. Also, I found it interesting how Ms. Parent seemed to weave sin into the story. Neima, as her grandmother Naamah said, is a survivor. She was always a bit headstrong, but her time on the ark allowed her to gain the confidence to go against custom and live her life as defined by her. I can't leave out the animals. I adore how Ms. Parent personifies the animals - they essentially are part of the supporting cast. Enise and Bilal, the elephant siblings, infuse joy in the story, as well as Aliya, the dove. The tiger and the wolves added tension and fear. Since the animals are an important element to Noah's story, I suppose it's not surprising they'd be in Neima's, as well. I am so very pleased with the conclusion to Neima's story. It was thought-provoking, suspenseful, and heartwarming. And well worth the wait!