Ahab's Wife

Ahab's Wife : Or, the Star-Gazer

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A magnificent, vast, and enthralling saga, Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife is a remarkable epic spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, it is the story of Una, exiled as a child to live in a lighthouse, removed from the physical and emotional abuse of a religion-mad father. It is the romantic adventure of a young woman setting sail in a cabin boy's disguise to encounter darkness, wonder, and catastrophe; the story of a devoted wife who witnesses her husband's destruction by obsession and madness. Ultimately it is the powerful and moving story of a woman's triumph over tragedy and loss through her courage, creativity, and intelligence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 684 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061767654
  • 9780061767654
  • 625,981

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"Beautifully written. Lyrical...alluring and wise."--"Los Angeles Times"This is truly a grand...adventure story whose heroine survives on her intellect and courage."--"Newsday"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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37,071 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 40% (14,851)
4 34% (12,489)
3 18% (6,651)
2 6% (2,049)
1 3% (1,031)
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