Praise for Dave Maine and "The Preservationist":
""The Preservationist" is funny, tender, intelligent, energetic,
irreverent, and worshipful. It is an enormous juggling act of
families, animals and faith, and it kept me engaged through every
page. I imagine Noah would be enormously pleased with David Maine's
novel, I know I was." - "Ann Patchett," author of "Bel Canto"
"I loved "The Preservationist," It's a funny, convincing
amplification of the Biblical story."
- Tracy Chevalier, author of "The Virgin Blue"
"Once they were strangers to us. Distant as specks. No more! Thanks
to David Maine it is in the daily, the ordinary "Noah family" the
"what's for breakfast?" the aching feet, the little insults or
winks, the slap on the back, the gathering of insects in cupped
hands that we know them now as we know ourselves, the family next
door preparing to face the unknown, the "I am certain," the
magnificent, the awful, the wonderful, the weird, the big. "The
Preservationist" was great. Very moving and enjoyable and
- Carolyn Chute, author of "The Beans of Egypt, Maine"
"Maine simply, wisely, asks himself what it was like to be there,
"when the rain began to fall." For me, the strength of this book
lies not so much in its entertaining characters as in the wonderful
details of this old brand-new world.In just these details, small
and large, Maine convinces us that the world Noah worked so hard to
save is indeed worth preserving."
- Jincy Willett, author of "Winner of the National Book Award"
"If, like me, you've always wondered how Noah actually built his
ark, and managed to fit all those animals on it, and survived forty
days and forty nights of rain andflood, "The Preservationist" is
the book for you. A funny, cheeky, irreverent, wonderfully original
first novel, informed both by Biblical history and Dave Maine's
- Jim Fergus, author of "One Thousand White Women"
""The Preservationist "is delightfully wry and witty, throwing
light on man's-and woman's-eternal folly in the name of God and of
love. More, this retelling of an ancient tale is a great deal of
fun to read, its characters etched with an acid affection that
makes them unforgettable."
- India Edghill, author of "Queenmaker"
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