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On a bitter winter morning in 1676, the Puritan minister’s wife, Mary Rowlandson, is captured by Indians.  Her home destroyed and her children lost to her,  she becomes a pawn in the bloody struggle between English settlers and the indigenous people.  Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, she witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness.  To her own surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ straightforward way of life, and when the opportunity comes to be ransomed back to the English, she begins to wonder if she will ever fit into colonial society again.

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On a cold January evening in 1835, Lidian Jackson Emerson attends a reception for the popular young philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is charmed by her principled and independent mind.  When he unexpectedly proposes a few weeks later, Lidian must decide if she should marry this brilliant man she admires but hardly knows or remain happily single, devoted to her family and community.  The choice she makes is the first of many that will entangle her in the lives and ambitions of an extraordinary circle of New England men and women in the years leading up to the Civil War.


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