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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons--though they are separated by 150 years.

Henrietta and Jane are fifteen and twelve, growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their mother is a painter, lost in her art, their father a cook
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Knopf
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about two different women and their families; both living on the same farm in New Hampshire, but one during the 1850s and the other around 150 years later.

The first story is told by 12-year-old Jane, younger sister to Henrietta. It’s a coming-of-age story and her sister Henrietta is becoming quite promiscuous in her teen years at age fifteen. The girls are left alone often as their parents are busy. Henrietta takes interest in a local boy named Kaus and then a married doctor. She se
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abi Maxwell has written a lush and luminous gem of a novel: heartbreaking in some moments, heartwarming in others, and always rich with wonder and surprise. The Den is a book with depth and mystery and soul.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely writing, good character development, easy to follow time shifts. Looking forward to meeting and hearing her at Booktopia.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktopia-2019
Haunting and very readable. The ending is not what I expected, and that is a good thing.
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Booktopia 2019. Thank you to the publisher for an early copy. I finished this just in time for Booktopia…..solid writing....haunting with elements of magical realism.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This can fairly be described as a feminist book as it looks at the commonality and connection between two different stories set 150 years apart that have the same themes of disappearance and escape deriving from oppressive rules and attitudes that mirror each other across time and space. The contemporary story begins with the first person narration of Jane who is looking back when she was 12 years old in the 1990's and documents the events surrounding the disappearance of her then 15 year old si ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktopia-2019
I fell immediately into this coming of age story from page 1. We first meet Jane and her sister Henrietta. Two teens left to fend for themselves as their mother is fully occupied in her art and her father is working as a chef. They adventure out into the woods by their house to the den. Their secret place where they dream as teen girls do. Henrietta meets Kaus and falls in love. Jane follows the couple and views their intimacy. Henrietta finds she is pregnant and runs away to build a life for he ...more
Kimberly Tierney
I gave this one a three-star rating because the idea for the story was good, and for the most part, the execution of the story worked. The primary story is one of Jane and Harriet, but the secondary story of Elspeth and her family could have been a different book of its own. I feel like the secondary story of the family from the 1800s is played up more than is needed. I think their entire story could have been summed up with fewer chapters than we were given. Especially as I got to the end of th ...more
Dec 31, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lel Budge
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-cater
The Den by Abi Maxwell is set in New Hampshire and follows two families who live on the same farm but 150 years apart.

It starts with Jane, who is Henrietta’s younger sister. Henrietta is a bit of a wild child at 15. She meets Kaus and Jane follows them on their trysts and watches them and as any younger sister, she is partly in awe and partly judgemental.

Henrietta goes missing and Jane is distraught…..she searches the Den as she recalls the story her father told her of another family, many years
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Den is an atmospheric and spellbinding novel about two sets of sisters, Jane and Henrietta, and Elspeth and Claire, separated by more than 150 years, but connected through the New Hampshire land and through the tale of Cold Thursday, a local myth.The first timeline in the novel is set in relatively recent times (but pre-mobile phones, Facebook etc).  Here we meet Henrietta and Jane: sisters who have always been close, but are growing apart as teenage Henrietta becomes involved with a local b ...more
We all grow up with myths. Myths about place. Myths about history. Myths about family. Growing up is, in part, about the sifting process that takes us from a world of myth to one of truth.

Abi Maxwell’s The Den tells the story of two pairs of sisters, separated by one and a half centuries, but who are inextricably linked by myth. Located in a small New Hampshire town surrounded by wilderness, both pairs of sisters are separated by one’s decision to leave – a decision forced by what their small to
Halei | DegenerateReads
Review originally at DegenerateReads here -

Disclaimer: I received this eARC via Penguin's "First to Read" program in exchange for an honest review.

CW: Rape, Abortion

I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this, but I am pleasantly surprised with what I found. And don't let the shorter length of this fool you, it still packs a hell of a punch.

This story follows two sets of sisters—one pair in the 1990s, and the other in the mid-1800s. Although the stor
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
While this wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was still an enjoyable read. I was immediately drawn into the atmospheric setting. I remember reading a quote somewhere once about the exceptionally short time an author has to grab a reader’s attention (I tried to find it to include here but I have no idea who said it or where I saw it!) My point is, this author succeeded in hooking me in from the very first page.

I always enjoy stories that bounce between two time periods; I love seeing how an autho
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Penguin's First to Read for this ARC!

The Den is a coming of age story that follows two sets of sisters 150 years apart. Most of the book focuses on Jane and Henrietta in the 2000s. Henrietta becomes involved with a boy from town and then a married doctor and finds herself pregnant. Her younger sister Jane, who has been watching her sister become more wild and sexually active, is the most concerned about her sister's disappearance. Their story is echoed in the past with Elspeth and
I found the description of The Den intriguing and preordered. As I remember the original description it was supposed to be a modern and a nineteenth century retelling of The Scarlet Letter. I ordered it at the same time as Women Talking because I thought they would both be good reads which involved women's issues. However, I did not find that to be the case with The Den.

So what is The Den about? It is a story about two sets of sisters who live 100 years apart, and told from all four perspectives
Shaina Lore
While this book was pretty well-written, I had a hard time really getting into the story itself. The pacing was a bit inconsistent, I couldn’t connect with the characters as a result of it, and I found myself wanting to skim some of the sections due to the sometimes dense writing. I made it to the end of the book, and the ending was pretty much what I expected. Overall, I felt this book was a bit rushed and it didn’t captivate me as much as similar books have. 2 stars. Thanks to First to Read an ...more
Jenny T.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Two sets of sisters (Henrietta & Jane and Elspeth & Claire) are separated by time (150 years) but linked by the myth of "The Den" and its coyotes. In each sister pair, the older one is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at an early age while the younger one becomes the "good" child to their parents. The author captures each character's emotions, but I personally could not connect to any of girls.
Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. The overall plot of this story is intriguing, but telling it in two different timelines makes it feel disjointed. I was much more interested in the modern day storyline of Jane & Henrietta than I was in the storyline of Elspeth & Claire. Everytime the story switched to the older timeline, I was pulled out of the story. This made it more difficult to read the book, but overall, the story was enjoyable ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides this book being very scattered and the story seeming disjointed, I still enjoyed this book. Growing up has it's pains no matter what time you live in. Loss and the feeling of not being whole pocks the lives of all the women in this book.

A big thank you to the Penguin Random House First to Read program for letting me read this book.
Crystal Toller
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this novel from First to for an honest review. This is the story of two sets of sisters living in New Hampshire. One set of sisters is from the current times and one is from the 1850's. The current times sisters, Jane and Henrietta grow up hearing the story from their father about the lady whose family lived in the woods near their house in the 1850's, Elspeth. They name the site where Elspeth's house used to be The Den and spend a lot of time playing there. When He ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I literally finished this book 1 hour before Abi Maxwell had her book launch at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord NH. I really enjoyed the story and the characters especially Henrietta. Very atmospheric and haunting. Highly recommend this book.
Cherith Keeton
I don’t know why i finished this book. I have no idea what it was about.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
I enjoyed this story. The end felt mildly rushed, I would have liked more to the 1852 story. I liked Jane. Poor Jane. I wanted to pop their mom on the nose, selfish bad mom. Grrr.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started to read the book I struggled a lot. I couldn’t get into the story and didn’t connect with the characters either. I quit reading it several times until finally I could finish it. It is enjoyable and well written. I am glad I kept reading it.
Bookish Chat
It was the dual timeline narrative aspect of this book that drew me in. I LOVE me a dual timeline people! Especially when it is involving one house or area, which this book is.

The Den is the story of two sets of sisters living in a rural town in New England. Jane and Henrietta in the present day and Clare and Elspeth in the mid 1800's.

The book is split into sections told by each of the sisters and opens with Jane, the youngest out of herself and Henrietta. We learn of their close relationship in
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