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Synopsis from the book cover:
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 a new perspective on the American experiences.
I have to confess that my aunt handed me this, telling me that it was the story of that Ahab’s wife, and I quailed a little. My junior year English teacher didn’t even make us read Moby-Dick and instead let us get away with watching the movie version with Patrick Stewart. No way did I want to read a book about his wife. But I trust all my aunts’ reading recommendations, so I gave it a shot.
And I fell in love. Ahab has only a very small part in this book, and Una is very much her own independent, strong-willed woman. She has her own adventures and heartaches and she’s a character you will never forget. I highly recommend this for historical fiction readers and those who like their women to be ahead of their time. It’s amazing.