Song of the Magdalene

Song of the Magdalene

by Donna Jo Napoli

Paperback(First Simon Pulse Edition)

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The story of a teenage Mary Magdalene — here called Miriam — is finally told....
When the world goes dark and her mind explodes within her, Miriam's future is shattered. In ancient Israel such seizures make her unclean. If anyone finds out about them, she will be an outcast.
Only Abraham — the son of Hannah, her caretaker — shares her secret. Abraham, too, is afflicted — a perfect mind in an imperfect body — and to the villagers he is an idiot.
To Miriam he is a savior....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689873966
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Edition description: First Simon Pulse Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at

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Song of the Magdalene 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
perizada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so beautiful that I ordered it library bound for my private collection. Biblical fiction that is not sappy or agenda driven can be very difficult to find. Donna Jo Napoli does an outstanding job of it. Her speculation of Mary Magdalene's childhood is entirely believable. Miriam (Mary Magdalene) lives with her widowed father, his handmaid Hannah, and her son Abraham. Abraham is disabled, and as a result, an outcast of society. Miriam, with secret health issues of her own, sees beauty and wisdom in Abraham that few others can see. Donna Jo Napoli has a colorful, elegant writing style that touches the five senses. The reader is placed deeply in the town Magdalene during the time of Christ. The novel is respectful and tender, without being overtly religious. A lovely book.
spacecat77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miriam has a relationship with a disabled man. She is mistaken for a prostitute and raped.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Song of the Magdalene is a great book! It's sad (I cried when I read it for the first time), but it's still a really, really good book. The story of Miriam is really inspiring. I reccommend this book to anyone 12 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book about a month ago, and I still remember a lot of the details. It is the fictitious story of Miriam (who is mentioned in the Bible in several places as 'Mary Magdalene'), daughter of a well-respected, very liberal Jewish widower. She is quite intelligent, and has a love of singing, dancing, and nature. She defies most of the rules and laws about how a young Jewish woman should act, and is shunned by most of the village women. One day, Miriam has some kind of seizure, which confuses her, so she hides it from everyone but the household servant's invalid son, Abraham. The two grow very close, and their relationship develops into love, which no one approves of. The story is an account of Miriam's search for a place of acceptance, along with her heartaches, struggles, dreams, and, ultimately, her triumphs. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in the 11 to 15 year age range.