Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer

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Women's Press, 2001 - Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character) - 655 pages
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Una Spenser is sent away as a child to live in a lighthouse, but runs away to sea disguised as a cabin boy, going on to encounter disasters, murder, romance and marriage to Captain Ahab, whom the reader sees through Una's eyes before the white whale takes his leg and sends him mad.

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Amazing imagery allows the reader to "be there." - LibraryThing
And I quite like Naslund's lyrical prose style. - LibraryThing
I can't say enough about Sena Jeter Naslund's prose. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Virginia Ogden - Goodreads

I like this book. I loved the way the author related the idea of Captain Ahab's home and wife to the times of whaling and the days when sailing and shipping were in in their heyday. The reference to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexis - Goodreads

I liked this a lot but towards the end it sort of descended into name-dropping and trendy modern historicism (let's be totally cool with gay guys! they can take my kid to Europe while I live in my ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Sena Jeter Naslund was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1942. She received a Bachelor's degree from Birmingham Southern College, where she received the B.B. Comer Medal in English, and a Master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught at the University of Louisville, the University of Montana, Indiana University (Bloomington), Vermont College, and the University of Montevallo. She has written several books including The Disobedience of Water, Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, and Adam and Eve. She has won numerous awards including the Harper Lee Award, the Hall-Waters Southern Prize, the Southeastern Library Association Award, and the Alabama Library Association Award.

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