Laurie Lico Albanese

photo by Martha Hines Kolko

Praise for Hester


“A masterpiece that should be required reading alongside Hawthorne’s classic tale of adultery. Enthralling, ambitions, and a total knockout.”

—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace and The Lions of Fifth Avenue


“Hester is a vividly reimagined portrayal of the tragic heroine in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Full of lush and colorful prose, Hester proves that a woman will do whatever she must to prosper, even when she is left with nothing but courage—and a few secrets of her own.”

—Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary


“A rich tapestry of a novel. In dreamlike yet vivid prose, Albanese weaves a story about 19th century Salem, a place with a dark history where secrets still abound, and conjures the life of Hawthorne’s muse, a woman whose skill and imagination are both the key to her survival and the source of others’ mistrust and envy. Vivid, complex and intricately detailed.”

—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Laurie Lico Albanese has constructed a novel whose themes are at the heart of the so-called New World: Freedom and Unfreedom. At every turn of the plot, there is the conflict of privilege versus the lack, freedom or unfreedom. The reader is quickly enveloped in the familiar story of Salem, Massachusetts and its Witchcraft Trials, but the narrative is much more complex than the usual stereotypical witchcraft tale. Audacious and very entertaining, I truly enjoyed reading HESTER.

—Breena Clarke, author of the Oprah selection, River, Cross My Heart


“This page-turning and poignant novel beautifully imagines the untold life story of the woman who went down in literary history wearing a scarlet letter.”

—Alice Elliot Dark, author of In the Gloaming


“The diverse women at the heart of The Crucible, the Salem witch trials, and The Scarlet Letter at last get their say—in full throated technicolor. A luminous blend of fiction and truth, with an extraordinarily gifted heroine at its center, Hester weaves together a spellbinding tapestry of Salem history as it has never been told before.”

—Afia Atakora, author of Conjure Women

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