Book Review: Ahab’s Wife, or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

Melville makes a passing reference to a wife on Nantucket in Moby Dick…Naslund imagines a full and rich life for Una that weaves in loads of historical detail and context. I found myself rooting for her from the first page and her thoughts and perspective on everything from slavery to marriage to technological advancement feel authentic.  Una’s story is at times joyful, at times tragic, and at times unsettling. It’s a fascinating read that will take you from Kentucky, Massachussetts, the South Pacific, and beyond.  If you enjoy historical fiction, this one is worth adding to your list.

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