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Laurie Lico Albanese

Teoksen Hester tekijä

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Hester (2022) 631 kappaletta
Stolen Beauty (2017) 157 kappaletta
The Miracles of Prato (2009) 115 kappaletta
Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir (2004) 66 kappaletta
Calligraphy in Ten Easy Lessons (1984) 49 kappaletta
Lynelle By the Sea (2000) 43 kappaletta
Resumes for Successful Women (1985) 2 kappaletta
Le Coeur d'une mère (2003) 1 kappale

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Lico Albanese, Laurie E.
New York University (BA|Jounalism)
University of Southern Maine ( MFA|Creative Writing)
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I’ve worked in book publishing and journalism, and my travel and general-interest stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. I’ve taught creative and formal writing to all ages, from elementary schoolchildren to adults, and currently run a workshop for aspiring and journeying writers..I adore libraries and bookstores, and each of my books has been chosen for the IndieBound list by independent booksellers. Other awards include a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Grant, NJ State Council in the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing, and Catherine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts...I grew up on Long Island, and I graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine in 2016.

I’m lucky to live with my husband in Montclair, NJ, where we raised our two grown children and enjoy spending lots of time with book people and writers.



Isobel, a Scottish woman, and her husband Edward come to Salem to make a new start. Unfortunately her husband cannot avoid his demons. Hester meets Nat Hathorne, an aspiring writer, tormented by the misdeeds of his ancestors.
The book has a strong sense of place, and the characters were well developed. The author imagines an adulterous love affair as the inspiration for Hawthorne's memorable heroine, Hester Prynne. Independent and strong, Isobel overcomes love gone wrong by "trusting the needle" and using her gifts and talents to make her own way in the world.… (lisätietoja)
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Chrissylou62 | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2024 |
If you've ever heard of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, this is the fictional story of the woman behind the main character of that book, Hester Prynne. Woven into the fabric of 19th-century Salem, Massachusetts stands Isobel Gamble, a talented seamstress and embroiderer from Scotland, looking to make a life for herself in America. She arrives in Salem about 125 years after the Witch Trials, and is forced to consider her own lineage as she walks the tightrope of status and reputation in Salem society. Isobel goes through many trials and tribulations as she seeks to define love, freedom, and strength: many of those qualities that, if bared too much, garnered a woman to be labeled as a witch herself.

I loved the depth of character and history in this well-narrated tale. Will definitely look out for more of Albanese's work.
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kristilabrie | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 27, 2023 |
"A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials". 5 stars.
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Bookwoman0212 | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 14, 2023 |
This book has been on my TBR since its publication. When it came up as a read-along on Book Cougars, I jumped it up to the top. So glad I did. This is a retelling of A Scarlet Letter. However, the protagonist in this story is a contemporary of Hawthorne c. 1930s. She is a talented needleworker with a special gift for bringing color to her work. The inclusion of what we now know as synesthesia was brilliant. Albanese brings life to the town of Salem filled with an array of characters that allows the reader to learn about 19th c fashion, cookery, religion, politics, and the dark topics of abuse and slavery. She paints a not so positive picture of young Hawthorne. Using him as a tortured soul, she moves her story forward. I found the characters rich and resonant of the times. Her research served her well as she looked at the whole community of fictional Salem. Her imagination took her the rest of the way. I was particularly drawn to her color descriptions and was able to visualize the embroidery as if I had seen it. This is top notch historical fiction told with a creative and imaginative voice.… (lisätietoja)
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beebeereads | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 28, 2023 |



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