Meet historical fiction writer Erika Robuck at Pequot

Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck is a historical fiction writer, book blogger, and voracious reader. Robuck’s first novel, Receive Me Falling was self-published. Later, Penguin Random House published Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, and a short story anthology to which Robuck contributed, Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion.

Her forthcoming novel, The House of Hawthorne, will be the subject of a talk on Sunday, May 3, from 4-6 p.m., at the Pequot Library. Robuck will give a 30-40 minute author talk, followed by a Q & A session, book sales, signing, and refreshments. This program is free and open to the public. DuJour Media recently listed The House of Hawthorne in a feature article, as one of “Four books that make perfect Mother’s Day presents.”

Robuck-House_of_HawthorneFuThe House of Hawthorne is a 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 roles. 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. This creates a void that fuels in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires, a trend that continues for many women even today.

The House of Hawthorne spans the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moves from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy. The book 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. Robuck also writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse, and is a contributor to fiction blog, Writer Unboxed. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Hemingway Society, the Millay Society, and the Hawthorne Society.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 15.

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