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The Wayby Kristen Wolf
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Anna is a fiery tomboy living in ancient Palestine whose androgynous appearance provokes ridicule from the people around her and doubt within her own heart. When tragedy strikes her family, and Anna's father—disguising her as a boy—sells her to a band of shepherds, she is captured by a mystical and secret society of women hiding in the desert. At first Anna is tempted to escape, but she soon finds that the sisterhood's teachings and healing abilities, wrapped in an ancient philosophy they call "The Way," have unleashed an unexpected power within her.
When danger befalls the caves in which the sisters have made their home, Anna embarks on a hazardous mission to preserve the wisdom of her mentors by proclaiming it among ordinary people. Her daring quest and newfound destiny reveal, at last, the full truth of her identity—a shocking revelation that will spark as much controversy as it does celebration.
Anna’s story is one of transformation, betrayal, love, loss, deception, and above all, redemption. Readers will cheer for this unforgettable protagonist—and for debut novelist Kristen Wolf, whose beautifully written book both provokes and inspires. A compelling mix of history, myth, and fantasy, The Way is a fascinating exploration of the foundations and possibilities of human spirituality.
"A young girl in ancient Palestine struggles with her calling as a spiritual leader in Wolf's audacious, deftly woven debut. Anna is 'a handsome child' with an androgynous appearance. Disguised as a boy, she is sold to shepherds in 7 A.D. and enjoys the freedom of being male, as 'being a woman in this life is a curse.' But she re-emerges as female when a secret society of women, known as Sisters, who follow the holistic philosophy of 'The Way,' take her in. Anna's quest for self-discovery and the wisdom of the Way is showered with repetitive motivational statements like 'Remember who you are, no matter who you must become.' Wolf delves into the psyche of her characters by continuously presenting their uncertainties. Insecure Anna, for instance, 'was not qualified to join the Circle! And she was nowhere near as wise or knowledgeable as the others.' Some of the Sisters wonder 'about the future of The Way. And whether or not I am serving it honorably.' Alternating chapters that follow both Anna and Jesus Christ eventually intermingle into a controversial mix of fiction and fantasy that questions widely held notions of faith and posits an alternate history of one of the most influential figures of all time. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
“This book took me on a journey back to the days of Jesus. I was surprised in more ways than I ever could have imagined. The Way is one of those rare novels that makes you think…”–Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper
“Kristen Wolf takes the story of Jesus and spins it into a profound and beautiful book that presents readers with a fresh and engaging perspective on the New Testament and the idea of the feminine. Wolf’s voice, vision, and verve combine to make The Way an exceptional debut.”–Alice Peck, author of Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food and Next to Godliness
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