Saturday, May 02, 2015

What is Erika Robuck reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Erika Robuck, author of The House of Hawthorne.

Her entry begins:
Currently, I am reading three books, and all have to do with history in some capacity. First, I’m dipping in and out of a gorgeous photo journal called Hemingway's Paris, by Robert Wheeler. Wheeler took the photographs in black and white from Hemingway’s perspective, and wrote a short reflection on each image tying it to Hemingway's fiction and life. I highly recommend the book to anyone who...[read on]
About The House of Hawthorne, from the publisher:
From Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, comes a brilliant new novel about a literary couple. The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.…

Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature…
Learn more about the book and author at Erika Robuck's website and blog.

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