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Hester : a novel

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"A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials. Who is the real Hester Prynne? Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations of secrets when she sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. An apothecary who has fallen under the spell of opium, his pile of debts have forced them to flee Edinburgh for a fresh start in the New World. But only days after they've arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic--leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible. When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows--while she is an unusually gifted needleworker, troubled by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward's safe return grows increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together, they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the enchanter and the enchanted. But which is which? In this sensuous and hypnotizing tale, a young immigrant woman grapples with our country's complicated past, and learns that America's ideas of freedom and liberty often fall short of their promise. Interwoven with Isobel and Nathaniel's story is a vivid interrogation of who gets to be a "real" American in the first half of the 19th century, a depiction of the early days of the Underground Railroad in New England, and atmospheric interstitials that capture the long history of "unusual" women being accused of witchcraft. Meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined, Laurie Lico Albanese's Hester is a timeless tale of art, ambition, and desire that examines the roots of female creative power and the men who try to shut it down"--

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Avon Free Library FIC ALB (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300578745
Checked out
02/15/2023
Caledonia Library Association FIC LIC (Text)
Adult Fiction
52135300328193
Available
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Cordelia A. Greene Library - Castile FIC ALBANESE (Text)
Adult Fiction
52136000275916
Checked out
03/09/2023
Geneva Public Library ALBANESE (Text)
First Floor New Books
52118301182017
Checked out
02/06/2023
Gorham Free Library FIC LICO ALBANESE (Text)
Adult Fiction
52119300237844
Checked out
02/18/2023
Lima Public Library FIC ALB (Text)
Adult Fiction
52139309270604
Available
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Lyons Public Library FICTION Albanese (Hestor) (Text)
Adult Fiction
52141300605879
On holds shelf
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Naples Library FIC LIC (Text)
New Fiction
52124300433039
Checked out
02/07/2023
Ontario Public Library FIC LIC (Text)
Adult New Materials
52126300844883
Available
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Red Jacket Community Library F LIC (Text)
Adult Fiction
RJP0105614
Available
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