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FW: Daily Dose: Ahab's Wife [by Ala. author Sena Jeter Naslund]

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: dailydose@powells.com [mailto:dailydose@powells.com] Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 2:05 AM To: Amos J Wright Subject: Daily Dose: Ahab s Wife Today s
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2006
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      Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 2:05 AM
      To: Amos J Wright
      Subject: Daily Dose: Ahab's Wife

      Today's Dose is recommended by Emily from Seattle, Washington

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      "Ahab's Wife"
      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
      -- Booklist

      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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