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Miss Emily 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 conseuences

10 thoughts on “Miss Emily

  1. says:

    A beautifully written short novel about an imagined friendship between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and a fictional young Irish maid Ada Colcannon who comes to work for the Dickinson family Chapters alternate between the points of view of Emily and Ada with the two voices captured perfectly in O'Connor's evocative prose The roles of women of different classes

  2. says:

    Emily Dickinson loves words than people She notices the beauty in the minutia of nature and sees random darkness of the world around her uite content to remain within the confines of her house and gardens in Amhurst she adores her friend Susan is indifferent to her family and whiles away her hours writing verse in her bedroom However when a new maid arrives from Ir

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    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 novelThat said this novel is a winning depiction of a fictionalized Emily Dickinson told in part in Dickinson's own voice and in part through

  4. says:

    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 – y

  5. says:

    This lovely slender novels imagines a friendship between poet Emily Dickinson and their Irish maid Ada ConcannonI 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 intellectua

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    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 resideShe lands on her feet with a job at the Dick

  7. says:

    This novel tells the story of a friendship which develops between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and the new Irish maid in her household recently immigrated to AmericaIn all aspects it is pure delight Nuala Ni Chonchuir’s prose is simple and effortless Her expertise extends across her writing on the relationship between Emily and Ada to her descriptions of nature t

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    While this novel is beautifully written I wound up not enjoying it as much as I’d expected to The pace is pretty slow and honestly I’m tired of rape being used as a plot device There are a number of historical novels out there that deal with this same exact storyline but the only difference is that this one is about Emily Dickinson’s servant Not much else about the c

  10. says:

    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 maidHer writing is particularly tender in the observation of the small detailsThe rape scene is horrific but is signalled well ahead of the incident55

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