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An award-winning novel about a simmering Massachusetts town at the end of the 19th century. At the center is Emma Brandenberg, the mayor's young second wife, who wants nothing more than to escape her controlling and often-abusive husband. When a nomadic hatmaker arrives in town, luring ladies into his store with his charms and taboo sexuality, Emma embarks upon a journey toward, love, independence, and physical liberation.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   boatload of casual sex without love Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different social class Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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