Thursday, February 18, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and “raised in the Milwaukee Public Library.” She earned a BA in literature from Yale and a Masters’ in Fine Arts from Notre Dame University. She is working on a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying transatlantic modernism with a focus on the formation of literary communities. She currently teaches Italian language courses and first-year composition and has led recitation sections in literature and film analysis.
Noah’s Wife, Lindsay Starck’s debut novel is loosely based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. It is full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.
Just published in January 2016, the book has received many favorable reviews that cite beautiful writing, strong characters, humor and wisdom. One reviewer suggests we “read it while sitting under an umbrella.” Daniel Wallace, the author of Big Fish, and a recent Meet the Author guest says, “If I found out this book had been translated from French, I would learn French in order to be able to read it. I loved it.”
Kirkus Review says. ““Starck’s unusual, often charmingly phrased fable is constructed around the responses of a band of individuals to life’s unpredictable challenges. . . . Variously romantic, symbolic, philosophical, feminist, and fanciful, this is an atmospheric tale that meanders to a sweetly rousing conclusion. Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It’s the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable.”
Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author tells us “Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller dealing with human folly in the face of nature’s ungovernable force. Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.”
Lindsay Starck lives with her husband and their dog in Chapel Hill.