The Seventh Handmaiden
Imprint: Green Bean Books
256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in, None
- January 2021
- In Stock
However, life in Ancient Persia is precarious for women and outsiders, wherever they are in the hierarchy. When the king appoints a new prime minister called Haman, Darya and Esther are drawn into his murderous conflict with the Judean community and Mordechai, their leader, who lives just outside the palace gates.
In a world of discord and uprising, Darya seeks to fix the world around her and protect her friends, while also trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding who she is and how she became a slave. As she grows from childhood to womanhood she grapples with her own identity, her aspirations and desires and begins to understand the true meaning of both slavery and freedom.
"This unusual, finely-crafted book meets the criteria for consideration for a Sydney Taylor Award. Its mix of historical fiction, biblical retelling, and adventure make it a rare find in the Jewish middle grade genre. It will enrich the story of Purim for those who know it, and serve as an intriguing introduction for those who don’t."
~Sydney Taylor Shmooze
"...a complex and compelling story about hidden identity, Jewish survival, and female solidarity. There have been many literary retellings and new interpretations of Esther’s story, but Pransky’s version for young adults adds new dimensions to this rich narrative source... highly recommended." ~Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council
"This is a great addition to the Purim bookshelf, and an excellent book for middle readers who enjoy historical fiction." ~Kathy Bloomfield, Association of Jewish Libraries President, Seal Beach, CA, USA