Song of the MagdaleneDonna Jo Napoli
history, young adult
The story of a teenage Mary Magdalene – here called Miriam – is finally told...
When the world goes dark and her mind explodes within her, Miriam's future is shattered. In ancient Israel such seizures make her unclean. If anyone finds out about them, she will be an outcast.
Only Abraham – the son of Hannah, her caretaker – shares her secret. Abraham, too, is afflicted – a perfect mind in an imperfect body – and to the villagers he is an idiot.
To Miriam he is a savior...
Donna Jo Napoli (born 1948) is an author of children's and young adult books, as well as a prominent linguist who has worked in syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical and comparative linguistics, Romance studies, structure of Japanese, structure of American Sign Language, poetics, writing for ESL students, and mathematical and linguistic analysis of folk dance.