Jennifer Armstrong
December 13, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Handmaid and the Carpenter

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Berg
publisher
Random House
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

In The Handmaid and the Carpenter, Elizabeth Berg’s spare rendering of the couple who would raise Jesus, Mary is a precocious teenager who beguiles Joseph, one of Nazareth’s best catches, when they first meet. Mary’s premarital pregnancy rocks them both, making the story of their love its own miracle. Berg makes this biblical tale as relatable as her domestic dramas with her eye for tiny, telling moments — Joseph’s nervousness when he washes the wrong hand first before Sabbath dinner, Mary’s boldness when she touches his knee out of wedlock. Thus the oldest story ever told becomes fresh, even modern.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST