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The Passages of H.M. by Jay Parini.. from Jay Parini chronicles twenty years of Herman Melville's marriage from the point of view of his wife. In Parini's capable hands, this gambit pays off, and along the way, you'll enjoy the whale writer from a whole new angle.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Writing in The Atlantic last year, presumably while finishing work on “The Passages of H. M.,” a novel based on the life of Herman Melville, Jay Parini declared that the historical novel “has become our primary form of fiction.” The present, he speculated, “can seem too bright, too close,” requiring “the filter of memory” to sort out and deliver the profound insights readers hope to find in novels.."

The NY Times

"Jay Parini's deeply absorbing seventh novel, "The Passages of H.M.," is an agile mix of fact, fiction and embedded literary quotation. It adds strongly to Melville's posthumous presence.."

The LA Times

Author bio: Jay Parini was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He attended Lafayette College and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1975. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Oxford University, and Middlebury College, where he is currently Axinn Professor of English. Parini is a poet and novelist as well as a biographer. He has published six novels, four books of poetry, and critical and biographical studies of Theodore Roethke and Robert Frost. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (464 pp. A big novel: Kindle/Audiobook/Print edition)

Publisher Website: 9780385522779

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