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Emily Hudson: A Novel

Emily Hudson: A Novel

ISBN: 0670021806

Title: Emily Hudson: A Novel

Author: Melissa Jones

KDL Description:


After the start of the Civil War, orphaned Emily Hudson must go to live in Newport, Rhode Island with her puritanical uncle, who attempts to marry her off, only to have Emily journey to London with her cousin, William, who soon becomes her controlling patron.

Amazon Description:

Inspired by an episode in Henry James’s life-the story of an independent young woman’s flight from convention.

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 confidante, 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 also find love in a society where only marriage or an independent income guaranteed a woman the freedom to do as she pleased.