Join us on March 20 at 7:00 pm as we discuss Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese. Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress who sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. Only days after they’ve arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic––leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible. When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows––while she is an unusually gifted needleworker, troubled by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward’s safe return grows increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together, they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the enchanter and the enchanted. But which is which? Meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined, Hester is a timeless tale of art, ambition, and desire that examines the roots of female creative power and the men who try to shut it down.
Register online by clicking on this link, or call us at 516-794-2570 option 3.
The eBook version of Hester can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.
Laurie Lico Albanese will be appearing at the library on April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 1236.
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