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Laurie Lico Albanese

Dear Librarians,

THE SCARLET LETTER was required reading in my high school - and probably yours, too. As an adult, I rediscovered Hawthorne's classic and saw Hester through new eyes: she is our original badass American single mother! Yet she never speaks to us directly. We have no idea what she's thinking or feeling. This made me wonder: what if Hester could tell her own story? The result is my heroine, Isobel Gamble, a woman whose ancestress was accused of witchcraft and whose creative powers frighten her... even as they fuel her. People called HESTER "a hauntingly beautiful and imagined origin story."

Laurie Lico Albanese
www.LaurieLicoAlbanese.com
Hester / Laurie Lico Albanese / St. Martin's Press / Hardcover
Price: $27.99 / ISBN: 978-1250278555 / Published: October, 2022
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