"In The Women at the Well, Bauer sings out ofsilent alternative stories of the Biblical women shefirst encountered as a schoolgirl listening to thenuns.
Wry humor is only one element of Bauer'silluminating re-vision as she inhabits her womenin the longing, sassiness, rebellion, compassion,wavering, and triumph.
She lets them like eachother-Rachel and Leah reconcile-and letsthem relish their bodies.
Mary complains aboutnever `knowing pleasure.' She creates The ProdigalDaughter who, like Woolf 's Judith Shakespeare,experiences a vastly different fate from her malecounterpart's.
But unlike poor Judith, this daughtersurvives and bears her own girl child . . . I had myfavorites among Bauer's women, and you will,too.
Whoever they are, the Bible will never be thesame."-Carole Simmons Oles