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By Sena Jeter Naslund

ISBN-10: 0060585854

ISBN-13: 9780060585853

ISBN-10: 0688177859

ISBN-13: 9780688177850

From the outlet line—"Captain Ahab was once neither my first husband nor my last"—you will be aware of that you're within the arms of a grasp storyteller and within the corporation of a desirable lady hero. encouraged by means of a quick passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created a charming and compellingly readable saga, spanning a wealthy, eventful, and dramatic existence. instantaneously a relations drama, a romantic experience, and a portrait of a true and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife provides new standpoint at the American experience.

This P.S. version positive factors an additional sixteen pages of insights into the ebook, together with writer interviews, prompt studying, and more.

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Then he left off squeezing my head, but those strong hands had bequeathed the pressure of a crown that never was to be, except as memory and imagination conjoin to circumscribe my scalp. Art thou afraid? When I shook my head no, he kissed me upon the lips, passionately, and then upon the brow, in tender blessing. O S U N N Y D A Y , O golden sand, O loving breeze—I would lounge and loaf forever, my spirit basking in your clear goodness, if I could. From how far away does the sunlight come to fall upon this one glittering grain I hold between my forefinger and my thumb?

On the Lighthouse, as we moved in the morning of the first day, my mother, uncle, aunt, and cousin seemed similarly defined to my eye, as though they stood always against brightness. Though the cabin window’s light had seemed to elevate the dolls and make them more important than mere flats of paper, here the light almost overwhelmed the human figures— my mother, my aunt and uncle, my little cousin. Four-take-away-one would leave but three to populate the moated Lighthouse. No, add one. Me. We all worked outdoors that day.

I push it sideways with my tongue and it is grit between my molars. I take it out again, all wet from my mouth. My stubborn sand grain lies drowned on the whorls of my forefinger. It can tell its fellows that it has been in a strange place. A wet, pink cave. Perhaps the mind as well as the mouth is a glistening, pink cave. As a child that image was available to me, for my mother read aloud how Plato likened his mind to a cave. But his was dark instead of pink. With this writing I wish to enter that opalescence and inhabit the pearly chamber of memory.

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