Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star-Gazer: A Novel

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From the opening line--"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last"--you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
August 02, 2005
6.3 X 1.23 X 8.26 inches | 1.29 pounds
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About the Author

Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize. She recently retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.


"Beautifully written. Lyrical...alluring and wise."--"Los Angeles Times"This is truly a grand...adventure story whose heroine survives on her intellect and courage."--"Newsday"An intense treat, powerfully written, "Ahab's Wife is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years."--Louise Erdrich