Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer: A Novel
by Sena Jeter Naslund
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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 masterful ...

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  "This is one of my favorite books of all time" by chrissie60ca (see profile) 09/03/07

This story kept me entertained from page 1 to the end! I read it over 5 years ago; can't find my copy and would love to read it again! Highly recommended!

  ""Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last."" by mkaeaton (see profile) 01/04/08

Those are the opening words of the novel, and they hooked me immediately. This book is an adventure in itself.

  "Great book!" by cdaleo (see profile) 01/31/08

Interesting story, rich detail, highly enjoyable!

  "One of the best books I've read this year" by stargazer (see profile) 10/28/08

  "A difficult read but worth some effort" by TKD (see profile) 07/17/09

  "Ahab's Wife" by TGale (see profile) 08/04/09

A wonderful but wordy book. The size alone knocked out half of our book club members. Those of us who stuck with it will be meeting in a week to "pick it apart". Very discriptive writing.
I enjoyed her adventures and the characters - but could have left us guessing at the end instead of tying up all the loose ends.

  "Ahab's Wife" by Midnightreader (see profile) 03/16/10

The strength of this woman was inspiring and her adventures thrilling. This was a great read.

  "Ahab's Wife" by smatches (see profile) 08/15/10

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Didn't seem as long as it was. This historic fiction gave a lot of information that was true to the island of Nantucket and the era.

  "Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer: A Novel" by kais (see profile) 11/05/10

What it was like for a woman of the times.

  "A new classic" by lreisenbichler (see profile) 11/18/10

This is a beautifully written tale that captivated me right away--It has one of the all-time great first lines in literature. For those who appreciated Moby Dick, this is a vivid reimagining of the other side. Sena Naslund is a brilliant, audacious feminist. There's a lot to discuss here.

  "Unusually atmospheric" by MelbaG (see profile) 02/10/11

Ahab's Wife predominately takes place on the coast of Nantucket in the hey-day of the whaling industry, and a chilly mist seems to curl off of each page. Naslund is truly one of those authors that takes you away into her world, and you go willingly because it's such a good tale. Although there are a few threads of the storyline that seem to have no place in the whole scope of the book (maybe the author couldn't forsake her own opinions for the sake of a well-rounded plot?) the overall feeling of the book more than makes up for it. If you enjoy being swept away completely, this is a book to get lost in.

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