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Afternoons with Emily : a novel
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316017604, Hardcover)In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only Miranda Chase, a smart girl with big plans for her own life, is allowed to enter the budding poet's very private world. At first, their Monday afternoon visits involve discussing books over piping hot cups of tea, but when Miranda begins exploring her own yearnings--for love, for an education, even for a career--she discovers that being a friend of Emily's is not without its dangers. The very charisma that has inspired her becomes a web of intrigue, and to escape it, Miranda will imperil her reputation, her independence, and even her dreams.
Drawing on letters, poems, and everything that is known about Dickinson's life, AFTERNOONS WITH EMILY is a vivid portrait of America's most famous poet, a coming-ofage story that spans the Civil War, and a tale of two brilliant women who each chose to break with convention and live life on their own terms.
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Brilliant, ambitious, enigmatic Emily Dickinson has set her sights on no less a goal than to write poems that will be read through the ages. But in mid-nineteenth-century Amherst, gossip spreads about her mysterious ways. Nothing, it is said, can draw the secretive poet out of her upstairs bedroom in the yellow brick house known as The Homestead - until a kindred spirit arrives in the form of young Miranda Chase, a girl who has just moved to town with her father, a newly minted Amherst College professor. Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing New England, the two young women soon form a surprising friendship that will utterly transform them both.
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