Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones
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Based on an episode in Henry James's life, the captivating story of a young heroine with ambitions and desires beyond her time.

By the start of the Civil War, Emily Hudson has lost her entire family to consumption. Wholly dependent upon her puritanical uncle, Emily forms a close bond with her ailing cousin, William, an ambitious young writer. When a promising engagement is broken, William, obsessed by Emily's spirit and beauty, becomes her patron and takes her to England-only to manipulate and neglect her for the sake of his own creativity. There, Emily finally spurns her cousin's rules and sets out alone to pursue an artist's life in the eternal city of Rome. Reminiscent of the novels of Edith Wharton and the films of Merchant Ivory, Emily Hudson will resonate with anyone who has ever sought to be true to herself.


About Melissa Jones

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MELISSA JONES is the daughter of the Jamaican poet and screenwriter Evan Jones, and the sister of novelist Sadie Jones. She lives in an Essex village in England with her husband and two children.
Published September 2, 2010 by Penguin Books. 366 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This partially epistolary novel (Emily corresponds with her school friend Augusta, Caroline and William’s dour but deep sister Mary, among others) renders Emily and her mostly harmless foibles believable, but William remains a cipher.

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Sinister events conspire to defeat spirited 19-year-old Emily Hudson in Jones's (Cold in Earth) successful historical.

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Historical Novel Society

I found it hard to warm to the heroine, whose repeatedly affirmed “uniqueness” seems to consist of a combination of feeling suffocated by any and every social rule, and an eagerness to plunge headfirst into every awkward, unacceptable or downright disgraceful course of action that presents itself.

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Emily Hudson isn't a book you will read and forget, it will stay with you for years to come.

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AUTHOR WEBSITE: Book Rabbit interview with Melissa Jones MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: Another novel set in 1861: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira More fictional Henry James: Author, Author by David Lodge And written by her sister: Small Wars by Sadie Jones

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