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Blake, Sarah

Entry updated 4 April 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1984-    ) US poet and author, active since around 2010 in the former capacity. Her first novel Naamah (2019) tells the story of the Biblical Flood from the viewpoint of Noah's wife; ingenious interpreters of the Bible suggest that a named female, Naamah or Na'amah, the sister of Tubal-Cain (Genesis 4.22), was Noah's wife: that (despite this exegetical palaver) she goes nameless on the Ark may explain some of the redemptive urgency of Blake's tale. Clean Air (2022) is set in a Near Future transformed by Climate Change; in this case the planet has been taken over by (presumably Mutant) forests that generate floods of unbreathable pollen, and Homo sapiens is forced to survive in domed Keeps.

Sarah Blake should not be confused with the nonfantastic novelist Sarah Blake. [JC]

Sarah Blake

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 29 July 1984


  • Naamah (New York: Riverhead Books, 2019) [hb/]
  • Clean Air (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2022) [hb/]


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