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ISBN13: 9780060838744
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"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last." This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature — along with "Call me Ishmael." Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe with a transcendent heroine at its center who will be every bit as memorable as Captain Ahab.

Ahab's Wife is a novel on a grand scale that can legitimately be called a masterpiece: beautifully written, filled with humanity and wisdom, rich in historical detail, authentic and evocative. Melville's spirit informs every page of her tour de force. Una Spenser's marriage to Captain Ahab is certainly a crucial element in the narrative of Ahab's Wife, but the story covers vastly more territory. After a spellbinding opening scene, the tale flashes back to Una's childhood in Kentucky; her idyllic adolescence with her aunt and uncle's family at a lighthouse near New Bedford; her adventures disguised as a cabin boy on a whaling ship; her first marriage to a fellow survivor who descends into violent madness; courtship and marriage to Ahab; life as mother and a rich captain's wife in Nantucket; involvement with Frederick Douglass; and a man who is in Nantucket researching his novel about his adventures on her ex-husband's ship.

Ahab's Wife is a breathtaking, magnificent, and uplifting story of one woman's spiritual journey, informed by the spirit of the greatest American novel, but taking it beyond tragedy to redemptive triumph.

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"A complex and sophisticated book, brilliantly written, beautifully illustrated." Booklist

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"[A] genuine epic of America: an inspired homage to one of our greatest writers that brilliantly reinterprets, and in many ways rivals, his masterpiece." Kirkus Reviews

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"An intense treat, powerfully written, Ahab's Wife is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years." Louise Erdrich

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"Beautifully written. Lyrical...alluring and wise." Los Angeles Times

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From the opening line — "Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last" — you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About the Author

Sena Jeter Naslund is Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville, program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing, and current Kentucky Poet Laureate. Recipient of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction Award, she is editor of The Louisville Review and the Fleur-de-Lis Press. She is the author of the novels Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, and Sherlock in Love and a collection of stories, The Disobedience of Water. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Amanda Star, July 19, 2011 (view all comments by Amanda Star)
This is an impressive and engrossing fantasy. The writing is beautiful and highly poetic. The span of the epic is satisfying. I cant help but think about some of literatures other heroines who are larger than life and stronger than time. I love rading stories that remind you not to "settle", to keep dreaming and following those dreams.
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Lynn Cox, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Lynn Cox)
Ahab's Wife is one of those rare books that makes one regret having finished reading it. It's not that the ending disappoints -- not at all! It's that the sheer pleasure of reading such a well-written, engrossing saga has ended. I wanted the book to go on and on. A masterpiece.
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Marie, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by Marie)
Naslund has taken the notion of this character, this unknown woman who we would presume is merely waiting and watching for the fabled whaler Ahab to return, and fleshed her into an amazing person in her own right, living in a fully formed world of hardy survivors.

Although in many ways the book strains credulity, the gorgeous writing holds us and makes us believe. It is not an historical novel, even though some mistake it for that because Naslund so fully places us in Ahab's world.

What has stayed with me most about this novel is the inspiration of people who are fulfilling their potential despite harsh circumstances and societal pressures.

Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060838744
Author:
Naslund, Sena Jeter
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Author:
by Sena Jeter Naslund
Author:
R
Author:
Naslund, Sena Jete
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Ahab, captain (fictitious character)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
8.26x6.30x1.23 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 704 pages Perennial - English 9780060838744 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A complex and sophisticated book, brilliantly written, beautifully illustrated."
"Review" by , "[A] genuine epic of America: an inspired homage to one of our greatest writers that brilliantly reinterprets, and in many ways rivals, his masterpiece."
"Review" by , "An intense treat, powerfully written, Ahab's Wife is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written. Lyrical...alluring and wise."
"Synopsis" by , From the opening line — "Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last" — you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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