by Nuala O'Connor
Reviewed by Linda:
Just when we think we are familiar with Emily Dickinson and her family, along comes Irish writer O'Connor with a refreshingly new perspective. In this eloquent historical novel, Emily is viewed through the eyes of the household's 18-year-old Irish maid. Ada Concannon, homesick for Ireland and struggling to please Emily's critical mother, finds support and friendship in the reclusive poet, support that she desperately needs when a traumatic event occurs in her life.