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The Strange Woman Mass Market Paperback – 1957

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1957)
  • ASIN: B00197IELK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,257,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Set in the early 19th century, "The Strange Woman" takes place in Bangor, Maine, where logging and lumber mills have made the town prosperous. Jenny Hager has grown up in Bangor, not far from the watchful eye of wealthy Isaiah Poster. The fact that Jenny is twenty years Isaiah's junior does not stem his amorous intentions, and when she's finally out of her teens, Jenny accepts his proposal of marriage. But beneath her sweet exterior, Jenny is a shrewd, conniving women, and while she makes a fine life for herself with Isaiah's money, she obviously doesn't care for him. When Isaiah's son Ephraim visits from college, Jenny is immediately attracted to him. And Jenny's scheming doesn't stop there. Nothing and no one seems to be able to stop her - not even the thought of murder.
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The story setting is interesting to us as it is in our area and the novel itself holds the interest to the end.
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I'm pretty sure this is a book I have been looking for on my Kindle. I read it many years ago and never forgot it. Wish Amazon would offer it electronically.
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I purchased "The Strange Woman" because I've read other Ben Ames Williams books and was a little familiar with the story because of the movie of the same title. It turned out to be very entertaining and somewhat informative. Williams said he started writing this book as a picture of life in Bangor, Maine in the years leading up to and during the Civil War but ended up writing a novel about a very conniving and twisted woman.

Also, it's written from the perspective of seven men in her (Jenny Hager, the main character) life, and after a while it became almost impossible to put down because there was a certain level of suspense due to her actions. It does actually paint a very interesting picture of life in those times, including the Civil War and I'd say Williams did his homework well.

I highly recommend this to anyone interested in historical fiction and the interesting characters in it. It turned out to be a fascinating work about a woman who isn't seen for what she truly is except by a very few.
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