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Laurie Lico Albanese

Forfatter af Hester

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Værker af Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester (2022) 679 eksemplarer
Stolen Beauty (2017) 162 eksemplarer
The Miracles of Prato (2009) 115 eksemplarer
Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir (2004) 66 eksemplarer
Calligraphy in Ten Easy Lessons (1984) 49 eksemplarer
Lynelle By the Sea (2000) 44 eksemplarer
Resumes for Successful Women (1985) 2 eksemplarer
Le Coeur d'une mère (2003) 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
Lico Albanese, Laurie E.
New York University (BA|Jounalism)
University of Southern Maine ( MFA|Creative Writing)
Kort biografi
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.



Hester is a dichotomous story: gifts and curses, good and evil, vibrant colors and gray-hues, chance and choice, accused and accuser, the bewitched and the sorcerer, past and present. It’s the story of strong women, secret keepers and synesthesia, coloring the dark, shadowed history from Scotland to Salem.

Isobel Gamble, a Scottish seamstress with fiery red hair, (while the fictional inspiration for the Scarlet Letter’s Hester Prynne) reminds me from the beginning of Addie LaRue—a talented young woman with a desire to use that talent for grand dreams: “But I wanted the freedom to desire—and to seek after what I desired. I wanted color in all its forms, for I missed the beauty it had brought to my dreams and waking hours” (16).

Through training, talent, and the gift of synesthesia, Isobel longs to make a name for herself through thread, stitching stories together, even though her father tells her that her “‘best hope is to marry well’” (17). And marry she does, hoping it will lead her closer to her dreams and desires. Instead, it carries her across an ocean where she’s confronted with a sea of adversity: dark betrayals and hidden prejudices and haunting legacies.

Through all of Isobel’s unexpected turns in her new world of 1800’s Salem, MA, most especially through her forbidden relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, she searches with the resoluteness of a true heroine to find the pattern that leads to complete freedom.

This story is as true to its Scarlet Letter roots as it is singularly original, colored with a skein of threaded connections across time. I loved the language and was enchanted by the characters and knotted plot twists. It was as beautiful as it was haunting, shedding light on the best and worst of us.
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lizallenknapp | 25 andre anmeldelser | Apr 20, 2024 |
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.… (mere)
Chrissylou62 | 25 andre anmeldelser | 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 | 25 andre anmeldelser | Nov 27, 2023 |



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