Berkley Emily's House: A novel
Berkley Emily's House: A novel

Emily's House: A novel

By Amy Belding Brown


Publication Date: August 3, 2021

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From USA Today bestselling author of Flight of the Sparrow Amy Belding Brown comes an evocative new novel about Emily Dickinson’s longtime maid, Margaret Maher, whose bond with—and ultimate betrayal of—the poet ensured Dickinson’s work would live on.

Massachusetts, 1869. Margaret Maher has never been one to settle down. At twenty-seven, she’s never met a man who has tempted her enough to relinquish her independence to a matrimonial fate, and she hasn’t stayed in one place for long since her family fled the potato famine a decade ago.

When Maggie accepts a temporary position at the illustrious Dickinson family home in Amherst, it’s only to save up enough for a ticket west to join her brothers in California. Maggie never imagines she will form a life-altering friendship with the eccentric, brilliant Miss Emily or that she’ll stay at the Homestead for the next thirty years.

In this richly drawn novel, Amy Belding Brown explores what it is to be an outsider looking in, and she sheds light on one of Dickinson’s closest confidantes—perhaps the person who knew the mysterious poet best—whose quiet act changed history and continues to influence literature to this very day.

About the Author

Amy Belding Brown is the author of Mr. Emerson’s Wife and Flight of the Sparrow, and her work has appeared in Yankee, Good Housekeeping, American Way, The Worcester Review and other national, international, and regional magazines. Married to a United Church of Christ minister, and the mother of four grown children, she lives in Vermont and currently teaches at Granite State College.

Author Residence: Vermont

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

ISBN: 9780593199633

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