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Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
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A complex, compelling story, craftily written, with prose of astonishing beauty. Just consider this sampling of lines:

In the gaze that passed between us all was known, all was accepted, all transcended, as we inhabited our moment together.

It was not transfer of coin that connected us, but life, and our need for compassion. I felt stunned, as though I had kissed him full upon the lips, so intense was the intimacy of our parting.

With my face up, I drink and drink the black goblet, the universe.

For us has been communion, and communication was the lesser.

The small tooth of a gear, in all that wheeling universe...Thus I felt loved and yearned until daybreak.

How else is life made real, but by story and song and fiery dance?

Wow! What a writer! I am in awe of her.
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