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Jacob Have I Loved (1980) [Novel]
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"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.

Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.

Original title: Jacob Have I Loved
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultHistorical Fiction
FictionChildren & Young AdultFamily & Relationships

Edition #1: Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved (1980)
Awards: Newbery Medal (1981)
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Language: English

  • "A novel of special brilliance." New York Times Book Review
  • "A novel of depth, insight, and artistry." School Library Journal
  • "It is simply irresistible." Publishers Weekly
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