Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #129: The House of Hawthorne, by Erika Robuck

This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!

Here's my choice for this week!

The House of Hawthorne 
Hardcover, 415 pages
May 5, 2015
Biographical Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Literary Fiction, Romance,

From Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, comes a brilliant new novel about a literary couple. The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.…

Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.…

Why I'm waiting on this one!!

Yes, I know that this book was released yesterday,
but I'm unable to buy it just yet,
so I'm still waiting on it!
I have read and loved Hawthorne's 
The Scarlet Letter, as well as a 
story of his titled "Rappacccini's Daughter", 
which is a wonderfully evocative tale.
I had never heard of Hawthorne's wife,
though, which is not really surprising, as
talented women throughout the 
centuries have been eclipsed by their 
more famous husbands.
I must make sure to acquire and read 
this novel in the present year!! 

What do you think of my choice?
What fascinating book(s) are 
you longing for this week?


  1. Replies
    1. Hi, Christine!

      Oh, I hope so, too! I SO want to read it!!!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!! : )

  2. I just love books that fictionalize real people, I find them fascinating. This sounds so good, I'll be adding it to my list as well!

    1. Hi, Tammy!

      Oh, I love such books, too!! I'm especially interested in this one, also, because I think the pairing of an artist and a writer is SO interesting! I'm glad you're adding it to your list!!

      Thanks so much for commenting back!! : )

  3. This looks really interesting. I have only read The Scarlett Letter but it was such a brilliant and important book.

    I never knew anything about Sophia Peabody. Perhaps a consequence of the talented women getting eclipsed by her husband as you mention.

    You raise a interesting point about the pairing of artist and writers Maria. As you know Hermann Hesse really tried to explore the links between literature and other art in his novels.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      I read "The Scarlet Letter" back in high school, and "Rappaccini's Daughter", as well, enjoying both, although they're tragic works. I think Hawthorne was saying some very important things about the situation of women in the world, through both of these works. Of course, he's a brilliant writer!

      I can't wait to read "The House of Hawthorne"!! I wish I had heard of Sophia Peabody before. I need to do some research on her. And yes, I love the pairing of a writer with an artist! Both creative processes are fascinating, and practitioners of each can influence each other, especially if they happen to be married to each other.

      I do remember seeing a book somewhere that contained some of Hesse's drawings. They're not bad, but I think he's a better writer than artist. Tolkien was another author who also created drawings, most notably for "The Hobbit".

      I also like the whole idea of biographical fiction. The last such book I read was "The Agony and the Ecstasy", You must have heard of it; it's a biographical novel about Michelangelo.

      Thanks for the great comment!! : )


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