Achinoam

The wife of King Saul considers her hidden role in history on the eve of Saul’s coronation.
“We are lying atop a comfortable layer of skins, beneath the stars. Saul is snoring beside me as I stare into the sky, wishing that the moon would rise.”

In creating the second edition of The Book of Voices, I decided that I needed a story at the point of transition between the judges and the kings. Since I was looking to include more women’s voices, my sister recommended that I look into the wife of King Saul. I found that she did appear in the Bible, though she is only mentioned fleetingiy.

Achinoam is the protagonist of Thomas Burnett Swann’s wonderful novel, How Are the Mighty Fallen, which readers of The Book of Voices might enjoy.

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