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From Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, comes a brilliant new novel about a literary couple. The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.

Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional role. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that, despite many setbacks, leads to their marriage. Together they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Erika Robuck resurrects the shadowy figure of Sophia Hawthorne, wife of the novelist, Nathaniel, and their intense love and commitment to each other during a life of creative inspiration, sacrifice, and loss.”

    C. W. Gortner, author of Mademoiselle Chanel

  • “Robuck’s sure storytelling brings accomplished artist Sophia Peabody into the light and into your heart. Luminous, vivid, enchanting.”

    Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. Poe

  • “Bring[s] the brooding author and the idealistic artist brilliantly to life.”

    Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow

  • “Timeless questions of identity and creative self-expression facing women today are explored in this richly imagined novel.”

    Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

  • “Narrator Mary Kowal’s clarity and pacing are strong in her delivery of Sophia’s story, and the author’s use of the first person brings intimacy and authenticity to the tale.”

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