Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters (Hardcover)

A Novel of the Bronte Sisters

By Denise Giardina

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393069150, 335pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009

September 2009 Indie Next List

“This darn good fictional biography of the Bronte sisters has just the right amount of historical authenticity to make you believe it. The character of Emily is strong, vibrant, and interesting, and I had no trouble at all imagining her writing Wuthering Heights. Well done!”
— Karen M. Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
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Enigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Bronte 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, along with the rest of the Bronte family, is turned upside down with the arrival of an idealistic clergyman named William Weightman. Weightman champions poor mill workers rights, mingles with radical labor agitators, and captivates Haworth and the Brontes especially with his energy and charm. An improbable friendship between Weightman and Emily develops into a fiery but unconsummated love affair and when tragedy strikes, the relationship continues, like the love story at the heart of Wuthering Heights, beyond the grave.Denise Giardina, whose fiction has been described as brilliant. . . heart-wrenching, tough and tender (Los Angeles Times Book Review), writes a stirring story about faith, passion, longing, and romantic solitude.