Anne Provoost reads from the book (in Dutch)
A thundering epic set in the apocalyptic days of Noah's ark...
It was the rising waters that chased Re Jana's family from their home in the marshes. To the desert they fled, following the trail of animals and people who had gone before them. And there, in the dry center of the desert, rose the frame of a boat of unprecedented proportions. What was it doing there? And what could explain the city of industry that had grown up around it?
The rumor of the flood to come is too terrible to be true, and like most, Re Jana does not believe it. How could a god - anyone's god - determine who deserves to live and who to die?
Even as she falls in love with the Builder's son, Ham, and panic spreads in the gathered tribes, Re Jana questions all that she hears and believes her family will be saved. Even as the deluge begins and the doors to the ark are sealed.
Taking the Biblical account of the Flood as her inspiration, the author has constructed an exciting metaphorical adventure that raises many questions about modern life. In In the Shadow of the Ark she draws her readers into a compelling, cinematically realistic story about the Flood, seen through the eyes of an outsider.
Life on the ark is gruelling and dangerous. Shifting power relationships, betrayal and rejection and finally starvation threaten to prove fatal to those on board. But then the ark runs aground and Re Jana's son can become the founder of a new dynasty in a new - though not better - world.