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Summary

In this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s wife, Lidian, Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage. Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time, Lidian becomes deeply disappointed by marriage, but consigned to public silence by social conventions and concern for her family’s reputation. Drawn to the erotic energy and intellect of close family friend Henry David Thoreau, she struggles to negotiate the confusing territory between love and friendship while maintaining her moral authority and inner strength. 

In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands, faces devastating personal loss, and discovers the deepest meaning of love. Lidian eventually encounters the truth of her own character and learns that even our faults can lead us to independence.

©2005 Amy Belding Brown (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Captured my interest all the way through

A beautfiully written and narrated book. Five stars all round for me. The subject matter was captivating and gave interesting insight into two very intriguing characters. This is my favourite type of book, an historical account blended with a lttle fiction. Thank you Audible.

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listened for six chapter's.....

Listened to six chapter's and I thought that I would like this book very much, but, unfortunately I could not listen to the narrator's voice for the rest of the book!
Shame. Nothing personal Gabrielle de Cuir, just different
people have different tastes..

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Not for me

Found it hard keep going. I like something with a bit more pace and this was slow.
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  • 08-08-22

Wonderful vocabulary !

Supered writing! I really wish it didn’t end.
It was so life like I had a hard time deciphering was made up.
Did they die that way? So excellent I hope she has more historical novels

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  • Mark Ghan
  • 05-08-22

The transcendance of friendship & love

A beautiful tale of friendship and love. The hunger for their fulfillment equal to the desire for wisdom to endure, explore and experience within the confines of society. A glimpse of the intellect both Emerson’s and their friends and loves ;Thoreau and Ms Fuller, Ellen and the children and siblings. A wonderful way to listen and walk in nature.

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  • Camille M
  • 27-07-22

Mediocre

I wish I’d liked this more. When I saw that it was 15 hours long yet still had 5 star reviews, my expectations were high. However, the narration wasn’t engaging. And perhaps my displeasure with the way women were expected to behave at this time got in the way of my ability to enjoy this.

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  • Aries
  • 21-07-22

Excellent

Enjoyed every moment of this. I did not want this story to end. One of my favorite things is this narrator. She is superb and any story she tells will be done to perfection. I always listen to any book that she performs. This story had sent me down a rabbit hole now of research on these people. Anytime I read something that has me following up and researching is a very well done book in opinion.

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  • 06-06-22

enjoyed it thoroughly, no pun intended

enjoyed imagining the real lives of such famous people. especially Mr Thoreau. we never think about their personal side.