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Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer (1999) [Novel]
by Sena Jeter Naslund Rating: Weighted - 8.6 / Average - 9.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

"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.

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.

Original title: Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaNineteenth Century
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsFootnote Fiction

Edition #1: Ahab's Wife

Ahab's Wife (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Ahab's Wife is an epic tour de force, and deserves its rightful place next to Melville's classic. Ambitious, powerful, heartbreaking, and transcendent at once, Una Spenser's tale of a life fully lived gives us what we crave: a compelling story beautifully told. This is a great American novel." Bret Lott
  • "An intense treat, powerfully written, Ahab's Wife is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years." Louise Erdrich
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Ahab's Wife: Or, The Stare Gazer (2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0688177859
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 1.2 in
Pages: 668

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Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer (1999)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0688171877
Dimensions: 6.8 x 9.6 x 1.8 in
Pages: 668

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