The House of Hawthorne

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The House of Hawthorne From the bestselling author of Hemingway s Girl comes a novel that explores the unlikely marriage between celebrated novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and accomplished artist Sophia Peabody a forgotten wom

  • Title: The House of Hawthorne
  • Author: Erika Robuck
  • ISBN: 9780451418913
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the bestselling author of Hemingway s Girl comes a novel that explores the unlikely marriage between celebrated novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and accomplished artist Sophia Peabody a forgotten woman in history who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.As a sensitive, artistic young woman, Sophia Peabody is discouraged from pursuing a woman s tradiFrom the bestselling author of Hemingway s Girl comes a novel that explores the unlikely marriage between celebrated novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and accomplished artist Sophia Peabody a forgotten woman in history who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.As a sensitive, artistic young woman, Sophia Peabody is discouraged from pursuing a woman s traditional roles of marriage and motherhood But from their first meeting, she and Nathaniel Hawthorne begin an intense romantic partnership Together, they cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of life fully lived Sophia s vivid journals and masterful paintings inspire Nathaniel s writing But their children s needs and personal losses fuel a perennial tug of war between Sophia s domestic duties and her own desires.Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the story of a woman, forgotten by history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature Readers Guide Included

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    1. Erika Robuck on said:

      Dear Reader,When Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne bewitched me through their etchings on the window glass of their first residence together, the Old Manse, in Concord, Massachusetts, I became obsessed with those passionate artists, and what they both gained and lost to lead lives of domesticity. While reading her Cuba journal, I felt Sophia Peabody assert herself as my narrator: the keeper of the Hawthorne story. As is often the case, history recognizes the one who had the most fame, who is tradit [...]

    2. Angela M on said:

      I have to confess that The Scarlet Letter is the only thing I have read by Nathaniel Hawthorne and that I knew very little about his personal life . Yet I was intrigued enough to want to read this book when I read about his loving and dedicated relationship with his wife Sophia. This is exactly what was portrayed in this novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is narrated in the first person by Sophia Peabody , an artist who falls in love with Hawthorne and eventually becomes his wife . I really l [...]

    3. ☮Karen on said:

      A revealing glimpse into the lives of struggling author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia, his Dove. Sophia, an artist, tells us of their long courtship, their marriage in a time when they struggled financially, the sadness of losing a child, while remaining hopeful nevertheless, and of her many health issues.Love and hope were what they lived on in those early years before Nathaniel was given any real payment for his writing. How Nathaniel and Sophia both dealt with their individual talen [...]

    4. Rebecca Foster on said:

      We often resent books we’re forced to read in school, but The Scarlet Letter wasn’t like that for me. Even though it was assigned reading for high school, I could instantly sense how important it was in the history of American literature. The tragic story of Hester Prynne and her judgmental community is one that stays with me half a lifetime later. I reread it in college for a Hawthorne & Melville course, for which I also read The Blithedale Romance, The House of the Seven Gables, and se [...]

    5. Sarah on said:

      This books greatest strength was the characters. Personalities shine with distinction, and every character’s voices ring with truth and vitality. I loved that I could truly know these people, they were that three-dimensional. Extreme shyness, passion about art, sacrifice for family, and jealousy over missed opportunities all make an appearance to create the framework for our characters. I especially enjoyed the main character, Sophia. Her struggle to balance her growing family’s demands and [...]

    6. Diane S ☔ on said:

      3.5 My favorite parts of this novel were those when Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller, even Franklin Pierce makes a modest appearance, were in the story. Never knew nor would I have thought that despite his black moods Hawthorne was such a romantic. Parts of this book were absolutely fascinating, but parts for me at least dragged. Could never really attach myself to Sophie as the sole narrator. She tended to go over and over the same things many, many times. This broke up the story for me, ye [...]

    7. Kristie Kelty on said:

      I entered to win this book in a giveaway and was excited when I won. As an English teacher I spent 10 years teaching The Scarlet Letter and was curious to learn about the personal life of its author. At first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the novel, but as I got into the story I found it difficult to put down. Not only did I enjoy learning about the life of this great author, but appreciated the mentioning of other great writers and how their lives crossed paths with Hawthorne. I feel [...]

    8. Pam Jenoff on said:

      Have you read this remarkable account of Sophia Peabody, an artist in her own right, who inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne? Robuck has written a captivating story of their tumultuous relationship, as well as Peabody's internal and external struggles, against the background of an important period of American history.

    9. Albert on said:

      I will preface my review of The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck by admitting freely that I do not read romance novels. I read historic novels. I read erotica. But I do not read romantic novels. I don't enjoy them, I don't as a general rulet them. So it is with some surprise and considerable joy that I say, for every rule there is an exception and for me The House of Hawthorne is that exception!Sophia Peabody suffered horribly from an early age from terrible headaches, what we would consider t [...]

    10. Sarah on said:

      It's just so saccharine - completely focused on how wonderful and perfect the love between Nathaniel and Sophia was, with the result that any events with real potential for drama and conflict (the Hawthornes' money worries, Sophia's attempts to balance being a mother and an artist, Nathaniel's discomfort with female self-expression, Elizabeth's jealousy at Nathaniel being romantically interested in her sister and not her) are brushed over. The closest it gets to being moving is when Una nearly d [...]

    11. Lolly K Dandeneau on said:

      This is the story of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthrone. Sophia was lucky to be the daughter of parents who allowed her to be a thinker rather than just a man's silly wife. The time she spends in Cuba is painful and her first love awakening as we learn early in the story. The feelings of anger and horror the sisters feel as they witness the nature of slavery in Cuba convey to the reader that Sophia was ahead of her time. We learn early on that Sophia is a gifted artist, but also suffers from bad hea [...]

    12. Paula Cappa on said:

      A lovely story and insightful peek into the personal lives of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. We get an intimate look at the woman behind the man, a woman who struggled with migraines and gave up her art for home and family. Ninety percent of the story is told as a flashback: courtship, marriage, children, travel, Nathaniel’s struggles to write, and visits from Emerson, Channing, Margaret Fuller, Thoreau, and others. This is an enchanting historical ride in 19th-century Concord, Cuba, and Euro [...]

    13. Laura Lee on said:

      Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife. Was so interested in reading because I know nothing about the author of The Scarlet Letter and it is one of my favorite books. I realize this is historical fiction but Robuck is well versed in adding so much truth to her stories. Found much of the book heartbreaking. His wife Sophia is an artist but suffers headaches when she creates and Hawthorne does not have much confidence in himself. They live a hand to mouth existence through most of their marriage. But it [...]

    14. Heather Webb on said:

      Lyrical, intriguing, romantic. Robuck, once again, weaves a fascinating tale between a well-known character and those who love him. I found myself particularly drawn to the way Sophia balances her artistic yearnings with her love of family and her understanding of duty in the best sense. The lives we lead are art in themselves. Lovely and moving, and very realistic, especially for the times.

    15. Julie on said:

      My Review for The House of Hawthorne will be featured on Romancing the Book Blog later this month- April 2015. To read the review for this book, and many other insightful reviews on this blog, visit- romancingthebookblog

    16. Nancy on said:

      I was in my later twenties when I first encountered A Scarlet Letter. I loved it and read it again. I then read other works by Hawthorne: (click on title to links to ebooks) Rappicini's Daughter, The House of the Seven Gables and even A Blithedale Romance. I later realized that one of my favorite books as a girl had been A Wonder Book For Boys and Girls.As to Hawthorne's personal life, outside of his ancestors being involved with the Salem Witch trials and his working at the Custom House, I knew [...]

    17. Sally Koslow on said:

      A Romance Novel for English MajorsMost of us remember The Scarlett Letter. Few of us know much about its esteemed author, Nathanial Hawthorne, however, and even less about Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, his wife, who hails from heady New England stock. Erika Robuck ably fills this void with a novel in the tradition of Loving Frank, The Paris Wife and her own recent Call Me Zelda, which imagines the life of a woman behind great men. This genre has become one of my favorite ways to spoon-feed history.I [...]

    18. Ionia on said:

      In "The House of Hawthorne," Erika Robuck brings her readers two larger than life characters and makes them a bit more accessible. The first thing I noticed about this book is how good the author is at portraying emotions. Her characters feel empathy, anger, frustration--and they make you feel it too. Symptoms of reading a talented writer. The atmosphere in this book was really well written and I found myself lost within the pages soon after I started reading. The way the author chose to represe [...]

    19. Amy Neftzger on said:

      A very enjoyable work of historical fiction for those who love classic American literature. The book explores the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne and his relationship with his wife, who is also a visual artist. The book is fiction, but it includes historical facts and hypothesizes what Hawthorne's relationships with other famous figures would have been like. For example, politicians, presidents, and other artists and writers all appear as characters in the novel. In addition, the book gives insight [...]

    20. Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict) on said:

      Sophia Peabody is a talented painter from a well known family in New England. Her family is very interested in the arts and her parents push her to be artistic instead of falling into traditional female roles. Sophia is plagued by severe migraines, but once she meets Nathaniel Hawthorne through her sister, she immediately feels a connection; in fact, her migraines become less and she finds much inspiration. At first she isn't sure if she should allow herself to have feelings for the aspiring aut [...]

    21. Meg - A Bookish Affair on said:

      "The House of Hawthorne" is Erika Robuck's latest historical fiction. I enjoyed "Hemingway's Girl" so I was looking forward to reading this book (I need to get on reading Robuck's other books - so many books, so little time). This book focuses on the relationship and marriage between author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and his wife Sophia. Nathaniel is definitely the more well-known of the Hawthornes, however, his wife was also an artist in her own right.I did not know much about Nathaniel Hawthorne's [...]

    22. Zulfiya on said:

      I do question the five star reviews, I really, really do. Call me a snob or an angry hormonal someone, but this book was one of the most unpleasant ones I have read this year. And what is more, it is going to be the last one this year, how cool is it? The premise was quite interesting, and the blurb sounded exciting, but nowadays most of the historical novels are geared towards the family housewives with the life style and pretentious morality I do not share. The book is in the first person sing [...]

    23. Tonya on said:

      As a writer, wife, and mother, I expected to feel a stronger connection to Sophia - the artist, wife, and mother. Yet, my connection to Nathaniel Hawthorne - the introverted writer and author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables - was just as strong. This was an engaging narrative told by Sophia, opening my eyes to another century, allowing me the opportunity to experience moments with the great literary leaders we've read about (The Brownings, Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, and othe [...]

    24. Raven Haired Girl on said:

      A wonderfully written story of the amazing woman along side Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sophie Peabody.A romance deserving to be recounted, a connection suffering woeful interruptions as well as droll instances. The narrative alternates in time, however, it is definitive leaving the reader on point.A tender love story of the choices, pertaining to her artistic talents, she generously gave in order to fulfill her role as wife to the man who stirred her soul as well as loving mother to their children. Th [...]

    25. Maria on said:

      I love it when an author's work makes me stay up into the wee hours of the morning, just to think about what I read. I also love it when an author is able to take me back into history, and relive someone's life in front of my eyes. Erika Robuck's books do that every single time. I will admit that before reading The House of Hawthorne, I knew very little about Nathaniel Hawthorne's personal life. However, this book makes me want to read every single account, fiction and otherwise, that I can get [...]

    26. Teresa on said:

      Another fascinating novel by Erika Robuck! I had no prior knowledge of Nathaniel Hawthorne's personal life, so I wasn't sure I would enjoy this as much as I did her other novels. I'm glad to say I was wrong about that. Hawthorne led a very interesting life. He was friends with many familiar writers (Thoreau, Emerson, Melville), his ancestors were involved in the Salem witch trials, and he had a beautiful lifelong romance with his wife Sophia. I really enjoy Robuck's method of telling the story o [...]

    27. Cathleen on said:

      I received an ARC from the publisher, PENGUIN GROUP Berkley,NAL/Signet Romance,DAW and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about Nathaniel Hawthorne, his wife Sophia and their children. Erika Robuck has written a powerful story on the passionate marriage between the novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and artist Sophia Peabody. The story is written from Sophia's perspective and brings to life the passion these two artistic and intellectual people felt fo [...]

    28. Phyllis Krall on said:

      This book is an unforgettable story about the marriage of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody. Sophia puts her artwork on hold to raise a family and support her husband's writing. She was an inspiration to Nathaniel through her journals and paintings. The unique relationship between the two is fascinating. I really loved this book and was happy to receive it as a giveaway. It is beautifully written, giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of a famous novelist and his artist wife. One will [...]

    29. Michelle on said:

      I was so completely immersed in this story of Sophia Hawthorne (wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne). The author just so completely puts you in her life. A gorgeous exploration of a persond a marriage. Wonderful and affecting.

    30. Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~ on said:

      Great book. Not really something I would read but this held my attention.

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