The Widow's War

The Widow's War

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When Lyddie Berry's husband is lost in a whaling disaster, she becomes the dependent of her ruthless son-in-law, who tries to take everything she and her husband had worked for.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060791575
0060791578
Branch Call Number: PS3607.U548 W53 2006
GUNNING S
Characteristics: x, 305 p. ; 24 cm

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Set in colonial Cape Cod, MA, this novel about a determined woman's struggle for independence is thought-provoking and a must-read. Lyddie's defiance and strength will have you cheering!


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Jan 19, 2020

This read is well researched, evident by SG notations. I have little doubt this tale bears facts, my own ancestry tracing shows multiple wives & children in 1700/1800. The wives died from physical labor, childbirth, disease and miserable living conditions. Trying to untangle those multiples is mind bending. Livestock were better treated and respected than women for centuries, nothing more than disposable property. Here's a woman at 39 left a widow, dependent on a nasty, belligerent, bullying son-in-law. She maintained a decent, controlled behavior in order to not be totally cast out.

The great divide and disrespect for one's beliefs is evidenced in derogatory comments about Quakers by ones who brazenly display their small-minded christian belief. It will never end.

One brief description of sexual encounter between to willing & giving people, thankfully did not go full blown into a bodice ripper. I disliked the tiny print.

thart Nov 16, 2011

Read for book club (8/2010) at the Crystal Lake Public Library. I enjoyed this book although the main character's independent and feminist ideas would probably never have held true for the culture/period in which it takes place.

The main character is Lyddie, the recent widow of a whaler in the 18th-century village of Satucket, Massachusetts. Her life and property are now in the hands of her son-in-law who she does not like, and who makes very evident that she should be quiet and pleased about her widow rights which are now to only have 1/3 of her house. She develops an interesting relationship with her Indian neighbor, becomes a nurse and an entrepreneur of sorts (selling and making things like cheese) and attempts to gain some sort of control over her life.

It is a good read which I would recommend to those who like historical fiction!

thart Nov 16, 2011

Read for book club (8/2010) at the Crystal Lake Public Library. I enjoyed this book although the main character's independent and feminist ideas would probably never have held true for the culture/period in which it takes place.

The main character is Lyddie, the recent widow of a whaler in the 18th-century village of Satucket, Massachusetts. Her life and property are now in the hands of her son-in-law who she does not like, and who makes very evident that she should be quiet and pleased about her widow rights which are now to only have 1/3 of her house. She develops an interesting relationship with her Indian neighbor, becomes a nurse and an entrepreneur of sorts (selling and making things like cheese) and attempts to gain some sort of control over her life.

It is a good read which I would recommend to those who like historical fiction!

samdog123 Nov 15, 2008

Follows the struggles of Lyddie, widowed after her husband dies in a whaling accident. Set in colonial America, the main character fights for her rights to choose her own destiny, rather than submit to decisions made by the males in her life. Well done.

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