Miss Emily Summary
Nuala O'Connor

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Miss Emily Overview

Miss Emily is a historical novel by Nuala O’Connor. It is set in Amherst, Massachusetts in the year 1866. This novel tells the story of the iconic American poet Emily Dickinson, a shy, reclusive, and brilliant woman who preferred spending time writing rather than with other people. The novel begins when the Dickinson family hires a new maid, a young Irish immigrant named Ada Concannon. A friendship soon blossoms between Emily and Ada, crossing boundaries of age, religion, nationality, and class. The novel explores themes of female friendship, gender conventions, literature, religion, and nature.