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Water from the Well takes readers on a journey four thousand years back in time, to the age of the biblical Matriarchs: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah. Anne Roiphe, author of Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World, brings these key biblical figures to life in this fascinating book.

Roiphe reconstructs daily life as it was lived two thousand years before the birth of Christ. Women grew and harvested wheat, raised animals, wove their own cloth and cared for their families. Like women of today, the women of the Bible dealt with marital problems, fertility issues, and concerns about their social status. And like women today, they were spiritual beings, with their own doubts and challenges. By understanding the role they play in Western history, we learn timeless lessons from Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah; lessons in values, faith and hope in difficult times.

Anne Roiphe is the bestselling author of fourteen books, both fiction and non-fiction. She was shortlisted for the 1996 National Book Award for Fruitful: A Real Mother in a Modern World. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Vogue, Redbook, Glamour, Working Woman and Family Circle. She writes a bi-weekly column for the New York Observer.

"Roiphe writes in a straightforward, no-nonsense style, and with much wisdom. Her book is thoroughly enjoyable, giving the reader much to ponder. Water from the Well is highly recommended."

- Washington Jewish Week
Publication Date: 
November 13, 2007