A House in the Land of Shinar

by Bernadette Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/2/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781480884434
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781480884441
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781480884458

About the Book

In ancient Saudi Arabia, the beloved daughter of a Bedouin Arab named Tiras is sacrificed to his tribe’s imaginary bull-god. Devastated, Tiras grows determined to find a kinder god and save his two sons.

Accompanied by his donkey, Tiras sets out for the sophisticated non-Arab land of Sumer, crossing the dangerous Nefud Desert. In Sumer he hopes to discover a faith that will bring happiness and prosperity to himself and his family. After numerous adventures, he returns home with a new religion—the roots of Judaism. But Tiras struggles to persuade his suspicious tribe to accept the new god. What’s more, he must face the consequences of his affair with a Sumerian woman whom he’d abandoned. Only time will tell whether he can help his people find meaning in their lives and establish themselves in their own land.

Set in 3500 BC, this historical novel dramatizes the possible origins of several stories from the Old Testament, based on archaeological evidence mostly unknown to the public.

About the Author

Bernadette Miller earned her bachelor of arts degree at Maryland University and studied fiction writing at New York University and the New School for Social Research. Her short stories have been published in over forty literary magazines, and she read one of her published stories on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She is working on her fifth historical novel, an unusual love story set in Brooklyn, New York, during the Second World War. She currently lives in New York.