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Miss Emily Written by Irish author Nuala O Connor, Miss Emily introduces an Irish character Spunky and rebellious, Ada leaves her home in Ireland for the distant shores of Massachusetts and lands a job in the Dickinson household, where she and the reclusive daughter of the family bond over baking and become unlikely friends Alternating chapters tell the story from each woman s viewpoint, which heightens the contrast between the two characters Emily Dickinson provides rich material for any author a fey Written by Irish author Nuala O Connor, Miss Emily introduces an Irish character Spunky and rebellious, Ada leaves her home in Ireland for the distant shores of Massachusetts and lands a job in the Dickinson household, where she and the reclusive daughter of the family bond over baking and become unlikely friends Alternating chapters tell the story from each woman s viewpoint, which heightens the contrast between the two characters Emily Dickinson provides rich material for any author a fey creature who wears nothing but white, is increasingly reluctant to leave the house, and is secretly in love with her sister in law Susan In reality we know little about this ghostly, mysterious figure, but here she comes to life Her fictional voice is suitably poetic From now on I shall be candle white Dove , bread , swan , shroud , ice , extraordinary white I shall be blanched, bleached and bloodless to look at my very whiteness will be my mark But inside, of course, I will roar and soar and flash with color From that passage you can see that the author herself has a wonderful gift for words.The plot suddenly turns dark when Ada experiences a horrifying assault It is Emily by nowloyal friend than employer who forces herself to leave the sanctity of her chamber and come to the rescue Ada Concannon, the eldest of 7 children, possesses an energetic zest for life that was unappreciated by her previous employer upon being demoted to scullery maid she decides to seek her fortune elsewhere, taking a passage on the boat to New England where her Aunt Mary, Uncle Michael and a couple of not too friendly cousins reside.She lands on her feet with a job at the Dickinson household, a family of four, with the spinster sisters Vinnie and Emily, neighbout to their somewhat gruff he was a Ada Concannon, the eldest of 7 children, possesses an energetic zest for life that was unappreciated by her previous employer upon being demoted to scullery maid she decides to seek her fortune elsewhere, taking a passage on the boat to New England where her Aunt Mary, Uncle Michael and a couple of not too friendly cousins reside.She lands on her feet with a job at the Dickinson household, a family of four, with the spinster sisters Vinnie and Emily, neighbout to their somewhat gruff he was a treasure when he was younger recalls Emily brother Austin, who is married to Sue, one Emily appears to not very convincingly pine for.Emily is reluctant to leave the house, preferring words to company and attaches herself to Ada, the kitchen being one of her preferred refuges, thus friendship with the housemaid most important.Her friendship with the maid flouts convention and is a kind of quiet rebellion within the home that the poet rarely steps out of.Chapters alternate between Miss Emily s and Ada s perspective to reveal brief but eventful encounters in the kitchen and rooms of the Dickinson home, between the young Irish woman Ada, the poet Emily Dickinson and those around them.Although Ada is outgoing and attractive, she still has something of the Irish reserve and tendency to silence when there is trouble And trouble there will be Ada and Emily must attempt to navigate the narrow space between their classes to deal with the trouble, without compromising their reputations.Miss Emily is a lively, charming read, she brings her characters to life, especially the Irish and creates a world we can quickly imagine and inhabit There is something comfortable and reassuring in her prose and novels that makes you want to abandon all else until the last page is turned Just as she did with Savage Mementos, so too she achieves with Miss Emily My only regret is that it all ends too soon, I m still wondering about Ada and could easily follow after her into a sequel Emily Dickinson S Life Is Reimagined In Her Own Voice And Through Eyes Of A Young Irish Maid An Enchanting Novel In The Spirit Of Longbourn And Mrs PoeAda Concannon S First Day In America Is A Success She S The New Maid For The Respected But Eccentric Dickinson Family Of Amherst, Massachusetts Despite The Differences In Age And Class, Eighteen Year Old Ada, A Neat Little Irish Person, Fresh Off The Boat, Strikes Up A Deep Freindship With Miss Emily, The Gifted Elder Daughter Living A Spinster S Life At Home Emily Is A Bastion Of Support As Ada Struggles To Find Her Place In This New World, While Ada S Toil Gives Emily The Freedom She Needs To WriteBut Emily S Passion For Words Begins To Dominate Her Life She Decides To Wear Nothing But White And Increasingly Avoids The Outside World When Ada S Safety And Reputation Are Threatened, However, Emily Faces Down Her Own Demons In Order To Help Her Friend, With Shocking Consequences This lovely, slender novels imagines a friendship between poet Emily Dickinson and their Irish maid Ada Concannon.I was immediately taken with this book, as both Ada and Emily are charming and captivating The chapters alternate between their viewpoints, as the story of their friendship and the dramas around them unfold O Connor s Emily grabbed me immediately, an intellectually curious woman happy to be in her home, moved by the wilds of nature and the passions of the heart She hovers in the k This lovely, slender novels imagines a friendship between poet Emily Dickinson and their Irish maid Ada Concannon.I was immediately taken with this book, as both Ada and Emily are charming and captivating The chapters alternate between their viewpoints, as the story of their friendship and the dramas around them unfold O Connor s Emily grabbed me immediately, an intellectually curious woman happy to be in her home, moved by the wilds of nature and the passions of the heart She hovers in the kitchen for sweets and bakes as a way to shower love on those around her she composes in secret and doles out her poems carefully.Ada is a willing audience, a teenager fresh from Ireland, bemused by Emily The Dickinsons are a kind family to work for, and she thrives in their home, yet heartache still hits her It is Emily who rallies to defend her and who helps her gain some measure of happiness despite tragedy O Connor puts away any imaginary idea of Emily Dickinson as a pallid, passive ghost hiding in the rafters the complicated and curious woman emerges from her pages, immediate and intriguing.It goes without saying that a novel featuring Emily Dickinson should read poetically in this case, O Connor manages lyrical prose that doesn t emulate Dickinson s yet still offers the passion and boldness the poet captured in her spare lines My copy is heavily dog eared from the various quotes that caught me up and gave me pause, like I look at her words, one by one Love Thee Breath Smiles Tears It pleases me that each word is solitary, a loner Side by side, their staccato nature blends with others, but in the end they stand alone Each word is a fence post upright, demanding, shrill but each one holds the fence erect, and as such, is indispensable p119 or From now on I shall be candle white Dove , bread , swan , shroud , ice , extraordinary white I shall be blanched, bleached and bloodless to look at my very whiteness will be my mark But inside, of course, I will roar and soar and flash with color p121 TheI write or talk about this book, the greater my affection for it grows, and it is one of my top ten reads for 2015.I think this would make a fabulous book club read zippy yet bursting with wonderful discussion topics as well as those who love historical fiction featuring well known historical figures And of course, fans of Irish fiction and Irish authors must get this one Nuala brilliantly captures the 19th century atmosphere in the home of Emily Dickenson, the poet, and her relationships with her sister in law and her new Irish maid.Her writing is particularly tender in the observation of the small details.The rape scene is horrific but is signalled well ahead of the incident.5 5 Nuala O Connor Nuala Ni Chonchuir writes, much as Emily Dickinson did, with an economy of words that paint a vivid and lasting picture This book is a fictional but clearly well researched glimpse into one year of Emily Dickinson s life The novel alternates between Emily s voice including her poetry and thoughts on writing, Amherst and being a recluse, and the experiences of a new Irish immigrant who works as a maid in the Dickinson house Even if the reader knows nothing of Emily Dickinson Nuala O Connor Nuala Ni Chonchuir writes, much as Emily Dickinson did, with an economy of words that paint a vivid and lasting picture This book is a fictional but clearly well researched glimpse into one year of Emily Dickinson s life The novel alternates between Emily s voice including her poetry and thoughts on writing, Amherst and being a recluse, and the experiences of a new Irish immigrant who works as a maid in the Dickinson house Even if the reader knows nothing of Emily Dickinson they will find it hard to put down The story moves at a great clip, seethes with secrets and heart It is charming and entertaining If the reader has an interest in the Poet then they will be charmed by the portrayal of Emily and her thoughts, family and life This was a great read and I will be looking forof the author s work immediately I have a soft spot for fiction based on the lives, real or imagined, of historical people With Miss Emily, we experience the close friendship between Emily Dickinson and her entirely fictional maid Ada Concannon I wanted to love thisthan I did Don t get me wrong, it s beautifully written but the direction the story took left me feeling underwhelmed. A book to be enjoyed slowly and savored like the sweets the poet liked so much Thanks to Net Galley for providing me a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for a review.I spent a year at Mount Holyoke College and visited Amherst often And one of the first places I went to was for a visit to the house and museum of Emily Dickinson and I was living at Dickinson House at Mount Holyoke, where the Centre for Women s Studies resides.I ve always been intrigued by Emily Dickinson and this nov A book to be enjoyed slowly and savored like the sweets the poet liked so much Thanks to Net Galley for providing me a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for a review.I spent a year at Mount Holyoke College and visited Amherst often And one of the first places I went to was for a visit to the house and museum of Emily Dickinson and I was living at Dickinson House at Mount Holyoke, where the Centre for Women s Studies resides.I ve always been intrigued by Emily Dickinson and this novel did not disappoint me It achieves what for me is the trademark of great historical fiction, it makes historical characters and a time and place come to life, without becoming a textbook It creates a sense of place and it submerges the readers in an era distant from their own.The author provides enough detail of the period and places to transport us there, and in this case I felt the major strength of the novel was its psychological insights into the minds of the characters, Emily Dickinson and the fictional character of Ada Concannon Each one of them take turns to tell the story from their point of view, in first person, present tense, and although the differences in language and education couldn t be wider, the two women bond over a common interest in baking and a kindness of spirit and curiosity for the other s world and life Emily accepts and does not question Ada s religious beliefs and what she sees as her superstitions, and Ada is non judgemental about Emily s rituals, reclusiveness and life style.The language captures beautifully Emily s poetry and her creative process, and it reflects the differences between the two women and the other characters around them The relationships between Emily and members of her family and friends are understated as it would correspond to the period and there are feelings and interests hinted at but never fully developed, in keeping with the sense of propriety of the era.If Ada s character is partly a way of providing an outsider s perspective into Emily s life, it also tells the story of Irish emigration to the US by sharing different experiences and very personal ones Ada s troubles also help highlight some of the difficulties women would have confronted at the time, and what the general attitude towards them might have been Although these elements might be seen as detracting from the focus of the story I felt they created arounded reading experience.I particularly enjoyed the amount of domestic detail, the cooking, the descriptions of smells, tastes, textures, colours that complement Emily Dickinson s poetry A book to be enjoyed slowly and savoured like the sweets the poet was so fond of First, a caveat this will be a very difficult book to read for anyone who is sensitive to depictions of sexual assault An incident of sexual violence is described in detail and becomes a key plot point for the second half of the novel.That said, this novel is a winning depiction of a fictionalized Emily Dickinson, told in part in Dickinson s own voice and in part through the voice of her Irish born housemaid, Ada Concannon Emily sees Ada as a friend and an equal Over the course of the novel, First, a caveat this will be a very difficult book to read for anyone who is sensitive to depictions of sexual assault An incident of sexual violence is described in detail and becomes a key plot point for the second half of the novel.That said, this novel is a winning depiction of a fictionalized Emily Dickinson, told in part in Dickinson s own voice and in part through the voice of her Irish born housemaid, Ada Concannon Emily sees Ada as a friend and an equal Over the course of the novel, Emily will confront her own agoraphobia if we may apply that late 19th century word to a mid 19th century woman and put herself in danger for her new friend My favorite thing about this novel is its beautiful depiction of female friendship.My second favorite thing about this novel is the fictional Dickinson s characterization Personally, I believe Emily Dickinson is the English language s second greatest genius after Mr William Shakespeare It s wonderful to spend time with the poet in her home environment, getting peeks into the origins of some of her best known verse If you read Seth Grahame Smith s The Last American Vampire and I don t necessarily recommend that you do , you may remember a footnote that suggests Emily Dickinson s famous reclusiveness was a result of her being a vampire, and a not heterosexual one at that I liked that image, and although this novel has nothing to do with vampirism, it does make it clear that Emily s feelings toward her sister in law are of a romantic nature This Emily may be married to words and to her homestead, but she s clearly neither asexual nor heterosexual And it works as characterization in this context, whatever one may believe about the historical Emily Dickinson.Nuala O Connor is the Anglicized name of Irish author Nuala N Chonch ir not to be confused with Northern Irish technology expert Nuala O Connor I m not sure why, in the 21st century, an Irish name would need to be Anglicized, even for the American market That the English tried to ban the speaking of the Irish language and cut my European cousins off from our ancestral tongue is a sad historical fact Our indigenous language might well have died out if not for the systematic attempt in Irish public schools to reconnect the current generation with the mother tongue So I say, at the risk of sounding like a Hyperbole and a Half comic Irish language all the things But that s a bit beside the point unless you re a passionate Irish American word nerd like me Bottom line this is a beautifully written novel about two amazing women and the people and things they care about Whether you re a devoted American literature fan or simply a lover of authentically told historical fiction, you will find much to appreciate here.I received this book through theVine program in exchange for this review I m a sucker for novels based on the lives of historical writers Emily Dickinson s Amherst is an inviting setting, and the alternating first person voices of Emily and the family s Irish maid, Ada Concannon, are both well realized However, the plot soon gets mired in the melodrama of a wrong done to Ada in the Dickinson household, which results in a crisis that you guessed it requires the reclusive Emily to leave the house After reading, I remained greedy forof Emily s inner life an I m a sucker for novels based on the lives of historical writers Emily Dickinson s Amherst is an inviting setting, and the alternating first person voices of Emily and the family s Irish maid, Ada Concannon, are both well realized However, the plot soon gets mired in the melodrama of a wrong done to Ada in the Dickinson household, which results in a crisis that you guessed it requires the reclusive Emily to leave the house After reading, I remained greedy forof Emily s inner life and poetry There are a few glimpses here for instance, her love of baking, and the hint that she had romantic feelings for her sister in law But I suspect I ll have to pick up a full length biography to satisfy my interest in Emily Dickinson.Related reading The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck


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