The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

You may or may not have noticed that my official pseudonym on this blog is Hester.  That was also my handle at my old blog, Scarlet Letters.  My first car was also named Hester (it was red).  Can you tell I really really really like Nathaniel Hawthorne?  But I hadn’t read The House of the … Continue reading The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)