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The Essex Serpent: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 6, 2017
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“An irresistible new novel…the most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice…By the end, The Essex Serpent identifies a mystery far greater than some creature ‘from the illuminated margins of a manuscript’: friendship.” (Washington Post)
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“Gloriously alive” (NPR)
“A fabulous summer read...If Middlemarch heroine Dorothea Brooke had heard of dinosaurs, she might have gone tromping through the salt marshes with Cora Seaborne.” (Christian Science Monitor)
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“Irresistible” (People (Book of the Week))
From the Back Cover
Proclaimed as “one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade” by the Sunday Times, the rapturous #1 bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year in the UK arrives in America
London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she leaves the metropolis for coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year-old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend.
Once there, they hear rumors that after nearly three hundred years, the mythical Essex Serpent, a fearsome creature that once roamed the marshes, has returned. When a young man is mysteriously killed on New Year’s Eve, the community’s dread transforms to terror. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, certain that what locals think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to parish vicar William Ransome, who is equally suspicious of the rumors but for different reasons: a man of faith, he is convinced the alarming reports are caused by moral panic, a flight from the correct and righteous path. As Cora and William attempt to discover the truth about the Essex Serpent’s existence, these seeming opposites find themselves inexorably drawn together in an intense relationship that will change both of them in ways entirely unexpected. And as they search for answers, Cora’s London past follows her to the coast, with striking consequences.
Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, The Essex Serpent masterfully explores questions of science and religion, skepticism and faith, but it is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different—and surprising—guises it can take.
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People gad about talking to each other, doing things for and to each other and nattering endlessly to affirm whatever cliche they represent in a peculiar place that seems to be a portal to a time in history two centuries early than the one appointed. It is a locale singularly lacking charm, places of interest and recreation yet suits our heroine to a tee. Apparently anywhere you needn't wear a corset is paradise. Other reviewers have suggested this is a romance. If so it is the one bereft of passion or eroticism. The characters are as appealing and charismatic as cold porridge on a winter's morn. We all stumble to an ending I found singularly unsatisfying--the only blessing being my tedium was finally relieved. Others have commented on the lovely prose, which are lovely indeed. Sadly, they are no tonic for the sheer boredom instilled by whole swathes of The Essex Serpent.
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The atmosphere just creepy enough to make me squirm. But I'm easily made to squirm, so perhaps if you are addicted to the scary, my scale of...Read more