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Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
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Oct 12, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 22 to October 05, 2011

This is the second read for me. Still a classic. I love the presence of strong women in literature.

This story follows a young girl raised in the midst of the religious revival; her mother moved her from the mid-west to the east coast to live with an aunt in order to protect her from the angry hand of her over zealous father.
Her free-spirit is cultivated on this island where she sees how unconditional love proves to be the right way of life. Something that happens on her first sole adventure causes her to leave the protection of her family and the lighthouse island she has grown to love to pose as a cabin boy on a whaler ship. Things happen during that time that forever change her life and the lives of those she has grown to love.
While she endured many hardships and losses, she easily could have given up, but instead she generated a priceless support group that helped her become, if possible, an even better, stronger woman than she was before. An abolitionist, an agnostic/atheist turned Unitarian, a friend, mother, lover, and all around good, honest person, she embodied much of what most women of that time period weren't. At least as far as living through the experiences that were her life lessons.

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