Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.)

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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 Sena Jeter Naslund

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Sena Jeter Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and Program Director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction which have been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Polish, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Danish and reprinted in the Australia and the UK, where she was a finalist for the Orange Prize.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 704 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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And the long meditative denouement, alive with echoes of Melville’s cadences, memorably depicts Una’s gradual fulfillment in a society poised on the cusp of civil war, her being saved by living testimony of (her surviving son, Justice) and by her gratifying, if belated, relationship with the Pequ...

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""Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last,"" says Una Spenser, the eponymous narrator, in the first sentence of this deliciously old-fashioned bildungsroman, adventure story and romance.

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Christian Science Monitor

This review originally ran on Oct. 21, 1999.] Sena Jeter Naslund may be one of the most ambitious writers of the 19th century.

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Suite 101

Did you ever wonder about the wife Captain Ahab left behind in his quest for Moby Dick?

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Reviewing the Evidence

Una, Ahab's wife, tells us of what her life before meeting her husband and after he dies.

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People

From a wisp of a reference to Captain Ahab's bride in Melville's Moby Dick, Naslund has created a 19th-century New England woman of flesh and blood, Una Spenser, and launched her on a fantastic voyage.

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Austin Chronicle

Sena Jeter Naslund's novel Ahab's Wife is very much like a romance novel with an English degree.

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The Copperfield Review

She has had articles and stories published in journals seen internationally, and she is currently working on her first historical novel set during 19th century New England.

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