Daily Dose: Ahab's Wife [by Ala.'s Sena Jeter Naslund]
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by Sena Jeter Naslund
"Naslund has taken the notion of this character, this unknown
woman who we would presume is merely waiting and watching for
the fabled whaler Ahab to return, and fleshed her into an amazing
person in her own right, living in a fully formed world of hardy
survivors....What has stayed with me most about this novel is
the inspiration of people who are fulfilling their potential despite
harsh circumstances and societal pressures."
"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 Writer in Residence at the University of
Louisville, program director of the Spalding University brief-residency
MFA in Writing, and current Kentucky Poet Laureate. Recipient
of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association
Fiction Award, she is editor of The Louisville Review and the
Fleur-de-Lis Press. She is the author of the novels "Ahab's Wife,"
"Four Spirits," and "Sherlock in Love" and a collection of stories,
"The Disobedience of Water." She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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