She was Emily Dickinson’s maid,her confidanteher betrayer… and the savior of her legacy. An evocative new novel about Emily Dickinson’s longtime maidIrish immigrant Margaret Maherwhose bond with the poet ensured Dickinson’s work would live onfrom the USA Today bestselling author of Flight of the SparrowAmy Belding Brown. Massachusetts1869. Margaret Maher has never been one to settle down. At twenty-sevenshe’s never met a man who has tempted her enough to relinquish her independence to a matrimonial fateand 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 Amherstit’s only to save money for her upcoming trip West to join her brothers in California. Maggie never imagines she will form a life-altering friendship with the eccentricbrilliant Miss Emily or that she’ll stay at the Homestead for the next thirty years. In this richly drawn novelAmy Belding Brown explores what it is to be an outsider looking inand 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.
Amy Belding Brown
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