FW: Daily Dose: Ahab's Wife [by Ala. author Sena Jeter Naslund]
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by Sena Jeter Naslund
Naslund weaves historial figures and events seamlessly into the
adventures of her intrepid heroine, Una, who should be considered
a great literary character in her own right.
"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'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
"[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
"An intense treat, powerfully written, 'Ahab's Wife' is one of
the best contemporary novels I have read in years."
-- Louise Erdrich
"Beautifully written. Lyrical...alluring and wise."
-- Los Angeles Times
"A complex and sophisticated book, brilliantly written, beautifully
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sena Jeter Naslund is a native of Birmingham and winner of the
Harper Lee Award. She is Distinguished Teaching Professor at the
University of Louisville; program director of the Spalding University
brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing; and 2003 Vacca
Professor, along with her husband, physicist John C. Morrison,
at the University of Montevallo, Alabama.
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