You Made Me Love You Secondary Title

In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.

But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.

Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.

Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.

The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.

Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.

The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.

You Made Me Love You

“Goodman…is a witty, energetic storyteller.”
Montreal Gazette

“In this novel, the stuff of life happens.”
The Globe and Mail

You Made Me Love You is about the need for love and approval in all of us. It’s a wonderful novel, full of humour, wisdom, and hope. Ms. Goodman has a wonderful ear for dialogue and a sharp eye for the nuances of life.”
Joy Fielding

“…feels, in spirit, like a cross between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Hannah and Her Sisters.”
Quill & Quire

“It is funny, superbly written and never fails the reader with its realistic outlook on love and relationships. A truly enjoyable read.”
Donna Morrissey

Penguin Canada 2005
NAL/Penguin USA 2006

You Made Me Love You

The three appealing Zarr sisters each face life-altering decisions about work, love, ambition, and family.

“Make it in Hollywood,” is Estelle Zarr’s mantra. She dreams of becoming a celebrated film editor, but she also wants love, litheness, and approval from her eccentric, showbiz parents.

Pretty Erica Zarr flails from comedy improv, to photography, to writing. Her current live-in lover, a major New York novelist and intellectual isn’t the answer.  A fateful meeting with a woman rabbi guides her future.

Their sister Jess’s perfect life was set in stone when she was 21 – marriage, children, and a business. Ten years later, the stone is cracking.

Joanna Goodman’s funny and wise novel is contemporary and timeless.