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Titre : Emily Hudson: A Novel
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2010
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Language: English . Brand New. After the start of the Civil War, Emily Hudson-an orphan who lost her family to consumption and fever-finds herself the begrudged guest at the home of her relatives in Newport. Emily s longing to be an artist is dismissed by her puritanical uncle, who wants nothing more than to rid himself of her through marriage. Her only friend is her aesthete cousin, William, an ailing young writer. When a promising engagement to the eligible Captain Lindsay is broken, William rescues Emily from an uncertain future by taking her to England. Lonely and desperate to escape her cousin-once her confidant, now her obsessively controlling patron-Emily sets out alone to meet her destiny in the eternal city of Rome.Reminiscent of the novels of Edith Wharton, Emily Hudson is an exquisitely told tale about a heroine struggling to be true to herself and to also find love in a society where only marriage or an independent income guaranteed a woman the freedom to do as she pleased. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781400149261
Dear Mr Cornford, It is with regret that I begin the task of writing to you about your niece, Emily. Her recent behaviour, which I have outlined to you in previous letters, compels me to request that she be formally removed from the school and returned to your care with immediate effect . . .'
And so Emily Hudson, niece and ward, is dispatched into the care of her distant and cold uncle, to take residence at the family's Newport beach house at the outbreak of the Civil War. She is an orphan, the sole member of her family not claimed by consumption. In that first lonely summer, it is Emily's cousin William - himself an outsider - who is her saviour. Her spirit and vibrancy are at odds with the stilted climate of American society: a woman should be a paragon of virtue, definitely not an aspiring painter with no fortune to speak of. William's friendship offers Emily the chance to escape to London to pursue her dreams, but his patronage soon turns darker and more controlling. And as Emily's health falters, she turns to some rather unsuitable means to find the release she craves . . .
No ordinary piece of Victoriana . . . Jones (sister of the equally talent Sadie) has taken a novelist's liberties with the life of [Henry] James's cousin Minny Temple, who died at 24 . . . She was passionate and ambitious . . . In this novel she is given the life she deserved ( Times)
The psychological tension subtly takes hold of the reader and does not let go. This is a wonderful book and it will not disappoint ( Independent)
A beguiling erotic read ...written in the vein of a classic novel and inspired by the life and writing of Henry James, it follows the bright life of orphan Emily Hudson, whose unconventional spirit sits uneasily with society' Glamour ( 'Historical pleasure .a rich, romantic novel')
Woman and Home ( 'Literary and romantic by turns . . . a fine read for fans of well-written historical fiction' Waterstone's Books Quarterly)
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