Read for book club (8/2010) at the Crystal Lake Public Library. I enjoyed this book although the main character's independent and feminist ideas would probably never have held true for the culture/period in which it takes place.
The main character is Lyddie, the recent widow of a whaler in the 18th-century village of Satucket, Massachusetts. Her life and property are now in the hands of her son-in-law who she does not like, and who makes very evident that she should be quiet and pleased about her widow rights which are now to only have 1/3 of her house. She develops an interesting relationship with her Indian neighbor, becomes a nurse and an entrepreneur of sorts (selling and making things like cheese) and attempts to gain some sort of control over her life.
It is a good read which I would recommend to those who like historical fiction!
Follows the struggles of Lyddie, widowed after her husband dies in a whaling accident. Set in colonial America, the main character fights for her rights to choose her own destiny, rather than submit to decisions made by the males in her life. Well done.
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