Giardina (Saints and Villains) offers Brontë fans a solid biographical novel portraying sisters Anne, Charlotte and Emily as different in temperament but in love with the same man, fighting the same illnesses and withdrawing from the same grim realities to write poetry and fiction that express their individual passions. Youngest sister Emily distinguishes herself at age six when, while attending boarding school, she admits to encounters with ghosts. (The punishment doled out by the headmaster does not deter Emily, but it does inspire a well-known scene in Jane Eyre.) Brontë men include brother Branwell, who struggles with addiction; father Patrick, straining to support his family on limited finances; and William Weightman, Patrick's young, flirtatious, social-reforming curate who becomes the key figure as he wins the hearts of the three Brontë girls. Giardina's mid-19th-century England is factually sturdy, while the relationship between Emily and Weightman is nicely nuanced, and the insights and inferences about Emily and Charlotte's relationship are convincingly rendered. You don't have to be a Brontë scholar to appreciate Giardina's novel, but having a little context will greatly increase the payoff. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters: A Novel of the Brontë Sistersby Denise Giardina
“A convincing reimagining of the Brontë story, perfect for Brontë fans.”—BooklistEnigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Brontë refuses to bow to the conventions of her day. She is distrustful of marriage, prefers freedom above all else, and walks alone at night on the moors above the isolated rural/p>/em>
“A convincing reimagining of the Brontë story, perfect for Brontë fans.”—BooklistEnigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Brontë refuses to bow to the conventions of her day. She is distrustful of marriage, prefers freedom above all else, and walks alone at night on the moors above the isolated rural village of Haworth. But Emily’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of an idealistic clergyman named William Weightman. A heart-wrenching love story, Emily’s Ghost plumbs the depths of faith, longing, and romantic solitude.
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Denise Giardina is the author of Storming Heaven, Emily's Ghost, and Saints and Villains, which won the Boston Book Review Prize. She is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
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Moving story.... enjoyed very much!
You desire to read more of them. If only they had lived longer. This historical novel will give a bite more. You will enjoy it, it is well researched. Bon apatite.
I liked the book i read every book of the bronte sisters.
This brings the Bronte sisters to life again. A must for Jane Austen fans. Giardina has captured the spirit of both the sisters as well as the times in which they lived. Do read it, you'll not regret it!
I wish I had more biographical knowledge about the Bronte sisters. Prior knowledge would have made the read more meaningful, I think. The story was so well written but I knew shortly into it that it was NOT going to be light reading and it was not going to be one of those "happily ever after" stories. Because I read for entertainment I would have never read this book unless a book club member had chosen it. Excellent read but sooooo not uplifting! I definitely recommend it for those who prefer to read something other than intellectualy fluff (I called it trash once and a friend thought I was exposing my children to dreadful things!!!).
This book is great. Once I started reading I couldn't stop