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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. ...