The Essex Serpent : a novel
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New York, N.Y. : Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow, [2017].
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Book
Edition
First U.S. edition.
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416 pages ; 22 cm.
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English
ISBN
9780062666376, 0062666371

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"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Serpent's Tail, an imprint of Profile Books, Ltd."--title page verso.
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An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart -- an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.--,Provided by publisher.
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When Cora Seaborne's domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Seeking refuge, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. Cora learns of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have taken the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. Certain that the "sea beast" may be a previously undiscovered species, Cora joins local vicar William Ransome in investigating the rumors.

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APA Citation (style guide)

Perry, S. (2017). The Essex Serpent: a novel (First U.S. edition.). Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Perry, Sarah, 1979-. 2017. The Essex Serpent: A Novel. New York, N.Y.: Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Perry, Sarah, 1979-. The Essex Serpent: A Novel New York, N.Y.: Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow, 2017.

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Perry, Sarah. The Essex Serpent: A Novel First U.S. edition., Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow, 2017.

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