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The Widow's War: A Novel por Sally Gunning
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The Widow's War: A Novel (original 2006; edição 2007)

por Sally Gunning (Autor)

Séries: Satucket (book 1)

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Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts--running their house herself during her husband's long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter's overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold "war" for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear. Includes the fascinating "story behind the story" of The Widow's War, a map of colonial Brewster, and a driving tour of the village of Satucket.… (mais)
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Título:The Widow's War: A Novel
Autores:Sally Gunning (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2007), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
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The Widow's War por Sally Gunning (2006)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Like Caleb's Crossing, The Widow's War is set in a beautifully described seaside village in colonial Massachusetts. With crisp language with a light archaic feel, both novels evoke the plight of a woman struggling to achieve more than society grants her.… (mais)
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I really like this book, in spite of the fact that it's set in a fishing town . It is written in close third -person, and is very well written, and very reminiscent of book I just finished reading the Innkeeper of Ivy Hill , by Julie Klassen. ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
I read this book for my book club. It was from a few months ago and I just finished it. I had trouble getting into the story. I felt the story moved slow at first.

I enjoyed the main female character. She was a strong independent woman who became a widow and still wanted to live in her home during an age when women had no rights. That I enjoyed about the book. To realize how far we have come as women and yet men will still try to hold us back or down. ( )
  crazy4reading | Dec 7, 2018 |
I enjoyed this historical novel; it is well researched, and compelling. The back of the book includes both historical notes and bibliographical notes. ( )
  deckla | Jul 15, 2018 |
Following the tragic loss at sea of her whaling husband, Lyddie's daily life in 18th century Cape Cod becomes a trial as she struggles to come to terms with her "widow's third" and her loss of independence in the home of her only daughter's unsympathetic family. Gunning weaves a provocative and powerful story of the hardships of women often viewed simply as another possession to their husbands. Exhaustively researched, Lyddie's story offers a glimpse into the lives of early America's widows, an aspect of history commonly overlooked, as she struggles for her freedom from the societal constraints of her small village and another chance at life and love. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Interesting novel about an 18th century widow who tries to maintain some independence of thought and action, after the death of her seaman captain husband of 20 years. She fights against the strictures on women of her day and against her overbearing son-in-law. Her main ally is a lawyer. Much food for thought here; wow, I'm glad I live in this day and age! ( )
  janerawoof | Dec 14, 2016 |
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Historical fiction isn't usually known for quick pacing, but readers will be swiftly turning the pages, eagerly cheering for the strong-willed widow. The crisp prose is flavored with the stinging salty atmosphere of a New England community witnessing one individual's war for independence.
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Skillfully employing the language, imagination and character that literary fiction demands, she illuminates a fascinating moment in our past: the years just prior to the War of Independence, when ideas of rebellion -- for men and women -- were fomenting.
adicionada por khuggard | editarWashington Post, Anita Shreve
 
Gunning resists easy generalizations and stereotypes while the story pulls in 18th-century law and Anglo-Indian relations, but the dull period dialogue, of which there is a great deal, reads awkwardly. Yet she makes Lyddie's struggle to remake her life credible and the world she inhabits complex.
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Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts--running their house herself during her husband's long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter's overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold "war" for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear. Includes the fascinating "story behind the story" of The Widow's War, a map of colonial Brewster, and a driving tour of the village of Satucket.

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