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Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-gazer: A Novel


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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.

Table of Contents

A mild blue day — The dirge — The crossing — Reverie — The window — The steamboat — The paddlewheel — The island — A difficult farewell — The giant — Winter, summers — New Bedford — Boston — The petrel — A storm at night — The brightness of brightness — A rose — Our lady of the rocks — The return of the Petrel, with three letters — A comb — The fourth letter — The camel — The Sea-Fancy inn — The Sussex — The cabin boy — The companion — Captain Coffin's story-secondhand — A whaleboat by moonlight — Captain Morrell's story-thirdhand — Captain Ahab's story-my first acquaintance with him — Aloft — "Pardon me" — Reunion — Revelation — Sea storms — The frost wind — Collision — The course — The distance of the stars — The sentence — What do you fetch for your mouth? — The beginning of the debate — Father and son — The human animal — The Alba Albatross — Ganglion — Postscript on the above — Soaring — Portrait of a virgin listening — Icarus — The test — The funeral — The contest — I am married — Aboard the Pequod — The hurricane house — Ahab's jottings — Kit's ruminations — Starbuck introduces himself — Ahab overheard — A letter to the lighthouse — Poor Kit's a-cold — Arctic — Ahab in his cabin — Aloft, the Pequod — Starbuck: ship's log — Starbuck communes with Mary, his wife — In the steward's pantry — Ahab's comfort — Nantucket-the faraway isle — Ahab prepares for the next voyage — Breakfast — Shame — B'twixt — Enter: the gaoler and the judge — On the moor — A slow spring — Churches — Baptismal — Fire — Ahab addresses the flames — Ahab's wife — A sky full of angels — Resurrection — The purpose of art — The office of a friend — Childhood as an island — The world of Rebekkah Swain — Kentucky seasons — A winter tale — The burden — The lantern — Shakespeare and company — The guide — Getting started — Forest murmurs — In the Cupola — To summer — Wife — The Mitchells — Vestal street — Ahab — From Cupola to Wharf — Idyll — The comet — Frannie's letter from an inland lighthouse — An angry letter from Aunt Agatha — Letter to an inland lighthouse — The minister in the woods — The history of snow and restlessness — Altar rock — Mothering — Chowder swirls — The birthing room — The leg — Christmas Eve — A last glimpse of the Pequod: Christmas Day — The Jeroboam returns — The first part of Ahab's third voyage after his marriage — Moon watch — Letter from Susan — The Samuel Enderby of London puts in for repairs at Nantucket — The distress of justice — To Siasconset — The hedge — Journey toward the starry sky, in present tense — 'Sconset morning — More of morning: Tashtego's feather makes the letter S — The neighbor beyond the hedge — The roar of guilt — The return of the Delight — The Perseid — The woolsack — Letter from Margaret Fuller, from England — Letter from David Poland, Virginia — Letter to beloved kin — Letter from Margaret Fuller, from Italy — The judge's invitation — Mrs. Maynard's note — Preparations — Frannie — Liberty and the dolphins — A suitable marriage — What has proved to be a last visit — A song — A squeeze of the hand — Una preaches to the waves — The great fire: June 1846 — Reflections on a wreck — During the pleasure party — Celestial — A new friend — A sermon overheard — Plans — Recitation by beach fire — Letter from Susan, forwarded — The roof walk.

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Or, the Star-Gazer
Naslund, Sena Jeter
Sena Jeter Naslund
interviews, recommended reading, and more.</p>
Historical - General
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Ahab, captain (fictitious character)
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