Miss Emily

Miss Emily

By Nuala O'Connor

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143126751, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Description
An Amazon Canada Best Book of the Year, the American debut of an award-winning Irish writer that brings to life Emily Dickinson and will enthrall fans of "Longbourn "and "Mrs. Poe"
Nuala O Connor's enchanting American debut novel, "Miss Emily," reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America's most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family's Irish maid.
Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster's life at home. But Emily's passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada's safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences.


About the Author
NUALA O CONNOR has worked as a bookseller, a librarian, and in a writers center. She lives in East Galway, Ireland, with her husband and three children.