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Finding Margaret Fuller

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Finding Margaret Fuller by Allsion Pataki is the fictional autobiography that Fuller was never able to write. She is a contemporary of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, the Alcott family and many intelligentsia of that era. She was once heralded as the best-read person of the time. It opens with her visiting the Bush, the home of Emerson and his very pregnant wife, Lidian, in Concord, Massachusetts. She stays there for a wonderful three weeks where her soul is filled with conversation and thought. She falls a little in love with him and they both know it is time for her to leave.

She returns to Boston where she tutors, barely scraping out a living until Bronson Alcott offers her a job teaching in his school, the Temple. The story continues through her life until her untimely end by drowning in the ocean after her ship sank. This book appears to be well-researched, seeming to follow the timeline of her life. It is very readable and very interesting to read of a time when women were only beginning to fight for their rights. And one of those women. Thanks Pataki, for taking this on!

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I really enjoyed the Marjorie Post book and was looking forward to what Allison Pataki would do for Margaret Fuller. I was especially happy to see Barrie Kreinik as the narrator again! As for the book itself, I felt it was ticking the boxes as much as anything else. For being such an early feminist figure, I was disappointed with how the book focused so heavily on imagining the nature of her relationships and feelings about the many and various men in her circles. Women are jealous of her. Men want to have her. It was detracting/demeaning to the main point and left me feeling like I could have gotten the highlights from a Google search and saved the time.

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Finding Margaret Fuller by Allison Pataki

Who was Margaret Fuller? How did she become known worldwide as “the most well-educated person in America”? Allison Pataki, in her own beautifully lyrical style, will tell you of her life.

Margaret was a contemporary writer of many well-known American and British writers and composers. You’ll recognize every name in this story, except hers. Pataki’s story takes the reader from Margret’s childhood to adulthood as the daughter of an exacting, educated father, and how she became renowned.

At a time (1800-1850) when girls were expected to marry young and not go to college, Margaret stood out above any male or female of her time. She championed women’s rights for education, solo travel and to own property and wealth. She was a formidable writer and role model who joined the trend of transcendentalists of her era.

Get a copy of this book published by Random House as soon as possible! It is a superb, five star masterpiece, which will enthrall any book lover.

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Who is Margaret Fuller? She is the most famous woman you've never heard of. She was a literary figure who spent time with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and other "thinkers" of their time. Edgar Allen Poe said "Humanity is divided into men, women and Margaret Fuller." She broke the mold of the typical woman of her time. Women worked in the home, raised the children and were not expected to be intellectuals. While researching history for one of her books, she was the first woman who was allowed the use of the library at Harvard University. She assembled a group of women for "conversations" encouraging women to become the thinkers of their time. They discussed many topics related to equality for men and women. She is considered on of the pioneers of the women's' lib movement. Her story is just fascinating.
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Allison Pataki's work and her latest book is no exception. I finished the book this week and it's still with me. I see so many aspects of life as a woman that are influenced by Margaret Fuller. Pataki's writing is sensational. Her research and historical facts are so wonderful that I feel like I'm stepping back in history. I feel like I have book depression today because I know it's going to be a while before we get another one of Allison's books! I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Allison Pataki has earned her way onto my list of authors I must read due to the brilliance of her writing favorites of mine such as The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post and Sisi. She has a well honed knack of creating characters that are not merely words on a page but living and breathing characters you feel that you can hear, reach out and touch. Her choices of women to research and bring to life are so very inspirational to me. I had never heard of Margaret Fuller, although Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and so many others we meet again in this gem of a book are well recognized. I love that she places the reader in their midst, in Concord, Massachusetts, where these amazing authors interacted. She turned these amazingly well known authors into people who had emotions and were so very real. What an amazing setting - Walden Pond, her special boulder, and the paths she walked.
I admired her forward thinking and her ability to earn the respect of such esteemed authors. I especially loved that she respected the marriages of Emerson and Hawthorne, in spite of being drawn to them as they were to her. These well respected authors sought her out and she more than held her own in conversations with them, as compared to their wives who were so very subdued. The power of her words resonated with women and also with men, including Horace Greeley. Although I totally enjoyed being placed in the midst of her conversations with Emerson on their long walks, I avidly read the passages between she and Lydian, the tension leaping from both women. I could not imagine being a guest and living in the house with such tension.
Her travels to Europe were truly fascinating, especially her life in Rome. The moral decisions she was forced to make were devastating, but I was so relieved that she finally experienced true love and motherhood. The ending broke my heart. So appreciative of Allison Pataki’s notes from her extensive research into the life of Margaret Fuller.
Once again Allison Pataki you have brought another amazing woman to life within the pages of Finding Margaret Fuller and made her contributions to women’s rights known. My sincere thanks and appreciation for expanding my knowledge about so much of life during her time frame. My thanks and appreciation also to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an arc of this incredible gem published today, March 19th.

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This is my first time reading an Allison Pataki novel and it certainly won’t be my last. What I loved about this novel is everything! First, I didn’t know anything about Margaret Fuller. What a fascinating person I’m still intrigued by her and plan on reading more about her. Second, I love the various settings. Living in Massachusetts, I could picture Concord and the area where many of the authors mentioned were living. I loved the way the story was written, it grabbed me from the moment I started reading.. Margaret was a brave and strong woman; a pioneer and trailblazer for her time and her cause. It’s amazing that she is not as well known as she should be. I hope this novel sparks interest in her remarkable life.
Thank you to Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine for this advanced reader copy.

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A Bold Journey Through History!
Finding Margaret Fuller is an epic ride through the life of America’s forgotten heroine. Allison Pataki brings Margaret to life—from Boston to Rome, from friendships to love affairs. This novel is a must-read for anyone who craves adventure, romance, and a glimpse into the extraordinary life of a trailblazer. Prepare to be transformed by this remarkable tale.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This novel provides an impressive vista of the life and times of Margaret Fuller, someone whom I knew nothing about until I read this book. Margaret was an early proponent of gender equality and was an activist for women's rights during the 1800s. After reading this comprehensive and fascinating book, I am in awe of the many things that this woman accomplished in her lifetime. Margaret wanted to break through the puritanical thoughts of gender constraints while encouraging "the free expression of ideas".

Margaret Fuller worked as a teacher, tutor, and writer. She became a published author, the co-editor of the New York Tribune newspaper along with Horace Greeley, and was the first American foreign newspaper correspondent. She did all of this during a time when women were discouraged from any roles other than wife and mother. Margaret also maintained professional relationships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as becoming a dear friend of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

I found Allison Pataki's writing to be both lyrical and poetic in nature. It is so fluid that it easily pulls the reader into time and place, whether that is Boston, New York City, or Rome. She paints a virtual picture with her words of some of the greatest thinkers, poets, musicians, and writers of the 19th century. Though lengthy, this story was never boring.

I recommend this book as a "must read" for fans of historical fiction and/or women's fiction. And would also like to encourage readers, if they haven't already done so, to add Ms. Pataki's previous novel " The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post" to their TBR lists.

My sincere thanks to Random House Publishing - Ballantine and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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With FINDING MARGARET FULLER, Allison Pataki has again shed clear, compassionate light on a little-known, even less understood hero of the past: Margaret Fuller who lived in the 1800s and fought tirelessly for human rights, in her own life and circle of luminaries including the Trancendalists. Living free and bold, challenging social restrictions and constructs, Fuller is a fully-realized, compelling character and her life story brought to vivid, sensual detail in Pataki's wonderful novel. I knew nothing about Fuller but her name when I started reading and by the end of the book, I was astounded that she is not better known and celebrated -- this book may well be an entry to a long-forgotten, essential genius and her contributions to our current time. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.

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Allison Pataki's "Finding Margaret Fuller" offers a vivid and immersive journey into the extraordinary life of a pioneering woman whose legacy has often been overshadowed. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century America, Pataki brings to life the captivating story of Margaret Fuller, a woman ahead of her time. The narrative captures Fuller’s spirited character, her achievements, and her multifaceted and complex nature. Pataki’s prose is eloquent and compelling, offering a captivating and inspiring portrait of a forgotten heroine, showcasing her contributions to history and celebrating the untold stories of remarkable women who shaped the world. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and anyone interested in these untold stories.

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Thank you, NetGalley and Ballantine, for my free digital copy for review.

"Finding Margaret Fuller" by Alison Pataki vividly portrays the life of an inspiring woman who passionately advocates for women's rights. Surrounded by famous friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller fearlessly pursued her aspirations and beliefs.

This historical fiction masterpiece transports readers back to 1836 - 1850, intricately detailing Margaret Fuller's journey from her struggles in a male-dominated world and a society that confined women to domestic roles, to her transformative travels to Europe. During this time of unrest in Italy, she encountered the love of her life and experienced the profound journey of motherhood.

The novel eloquently portrays Margaret's frustration among her friends, from her unrequited feelings for married men to her relentless struggle to assert her individuality and worth beyond being merely an accessory to their husbands. Her battle for fair compensation for her work, while supporting her family, adds a layer to her story. Despite the challenges, she perseveres through her speaking engagements with fellow women and ultimately secures a groundbreaking role as the first woman editor of the NY Tribune. However, her successes are accompanied by criticism, notably from Edgar Allan Poe. Yet, she steadfastly faces her detractors without faltering.

The recurring nightmares throughout the narrative subtly foreshadow the tragic aspects of her life, providing readers with a poignant glimpse of her future.

Despite the bittersweet ending, "Finding Margaret Fuller" shines a spotlight on a woman whose contributions and unwavering beliefs deserve recognition. It inspires readers, especially women, to courageously stand for their convictions.

Favorite quotes from the book:

“I long to do something beautiful and entirely new, something of my very own.” -Margaret, Finding Margaret Fuller by Alison Pataki

“There’s a call to action that I’ve issued to each reader who takes up my pages: be bold and daring.” -Margaret, Finding Margaret Fuller by Alison Pataki


“But if you ask me what offices women may fill; I reply - any. I do not care about what case you put; let them be sea-captains, if that be their calling.” -Margaret, Finding Margaret Fuller by Alison Pataki

“Let my life be a beautiful, powerful, in a word, a complete life in its kind. Had I but one more moment to live, I must wish the same.” -Margaret, Finding Margaret Fuller by Alison Pataki

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The amazing life of a woman whose many accomplishments should be better known.

Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1810 and died in 1850. What she accomplished in those forty years, however, is quite astounding, and I am amazed that until reading this novel I knew little of her. She was the eldest child in her family, and her father raised her as if she were a son, educating her at home in the manner of classical education. Women of that time were not allowed to attend college, which made the extent of her knowledge and abilities all the more remarkable. When her father died relatively young and left insufficient funds to support the family, it was to Margaret that the burden of earning a living fell. She wrote and published, and in so doing attracted the attention of the literary lion of that era, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Invited into his inner circle of intellectual friends (Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the father of Louisa May Alcott to name but a few), Margaret received from and provided inspiration to their Transcendentalist movement and ultimately beyond. She lived in pursuit of all women’s rights to be their own person, possess their own thoughts, and pursue higher education, even as she had to earn a living in a way that her male counterparts did not. Emerson was her mentor, she his muse; Hawthorne may have modeled the character of Hester Prynne on her; Louisa May Alcott named the eldest March sister in Little Women after her: Horace Greeley hired her to work as a reporter and ultimately the first international correspondent for the New York Tribune. She is considered a major figure in the Transcendentalist movement, but while we all read The Scarlet Letter and On Walden Pond in high school or college her writings are seldom included in the curriculum. Her Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first feminist work, she was one of the inspirations for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony in their pursuit of women’s rights and suffrage. In Finding Margaret Fuller, I learned all of this and more as I followed her life from her first encounter with Emerson through her travels in Europe, pursuing her goals and passions. The book starts off a bit slowly, but what I was learning about the woman who was Margaret Fuller compelled me to keep going and I am very glad that I did. Readers of Nancy Horan, Paula McLain and Marie Benedict should snatch up a copy of Finding Margaret Fuller immediately, and so should anyone who wants to learn more about this incredible person whose accomplishments have been allowed to fall by the wayside over the years. Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books for allowing me access to an early copy of this novel, and to author Allison Pataki for introducing me to Margaret Fuller.

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A great way to learn about a woman that I knew absolutely nothing about. Fuller was a writer who spent her time with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Alcotts, Horace Greeley, and many other notable writers. I am sure I would have appreciated this book more if I was more interested in the time period and Transcendentalism (as well as the Italian Revolution.)

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I confess that I had never heard of Margaret Fuller until I read Allison Pataki's Finding Margaret Fuller. While Pataki's book is historical fiction, she gives her readers a fascinating glimpse of Margaret Fuller -- a strong advocate of women's rights, a protege of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and an accomplished writer and journalist in her own right.

The book begins with the death of Fuller, her husband, and their infant son when their ship hits a sandbar off the coast of New York. From this beginning, Pataki fills in the life of Fuller from her first meeting with Emerson to her friendships with other notable writers of that time (i.e., Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne) to her career as a foreign correspondent working for newspaper editor, Horace Greeley. It is evident in this book that Fuller must find her own way in life since she was not a woman to conform to society's norms.

While I found this to be an interesting read, the pace could be a little uneven at times. Overall, Finding Margaret Fuller is a fascinating account of a woman ahead of her time.

Thank you to #RandomHousePublishingGroup, #Ballantine Books, and #NetGalley for this electronic ARC of #FindingMargaretFuller.

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As Allison Pataki did with The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post (2022), her latest novel, Finding Margaret Fuller, again brings to life an extraordinary American woman known by far too few for little other reason than she was a woman in a largely man’s world. A friend of thinkers and writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, A. Bronson Alcott and daughter Louisa May, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller was once called “the best read person in the United States.” Multilingual scholar, writer, early feminist, newspaper editor, and foreign correspondent, she was forced to earn a living after her father’s death in order to support her mother and Fuller merits study and fame.

Pataki opens the book with news that Fuller’s ship has hit a sandbar and perhaps sunk off the coast of New York on her summer 1850 return voyage from Europe. Hearing the news first, Emerson spreads it to others and issues orders, determined to honor Fuller by attempting to save her writing even if she cannot be saved. Following this prologue, the first chapter transports readers further back in time to summer 1836. Margaret Fuller has been invited, perhaps summoned, to the famed Emerson’s home in Concord, Massachusetts. With his pregnant young wife confined to bed, Emerson welcomes Fuller into his home, escorts her to his study, and proceeds to question how she became so widely read and knowledgeable.

Fuller’s extraordinary story unwinds from there as readers encounter other famous figures such as publisher Horace Greeley, abolitionist Frederick Douglas, poets Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, novelist George Sand, and composer Frederic Chopin.
Readers should not miss Pataki’s extensive notes in the back of the book where she explains the incident that sparked her interest in Fuller, the research that went into the book, and the effort to remain as historically accurate as possible while turning biography and history into historical fiction.

Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine/Random House for an advance reader copy of another meticulously researched and well-written novel by Allison Pataki.

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I enjoyed this book about the early American writers, their friendships and their belief in the need to stand up for the ideals. This is the story of the Transcendentalists, covering Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the Alcotts, all living on the same street and their late night discussions and motivations for education for all. I've been to Concord and seen these houses, walked Walden Pond, which made this book all that more exciting and touching. I enjoyed learning about Margaret Fuller, and I did look her up and read a brief biography after reading this book, which is amazingly accurate. I will say, I enjoyed the first half of the book, when Fuller is in the developing and growing United States, a lot more than when she went to Europe as a correspondent for The New York Tribune. Margaret got caught up in Italy's fight for freedom, and the writing about this time in her life seemed a bit "looser". She rubbed elbows with plenty of notable activists while there, but the second half of the book seemed to drag a bit more than the beginning.

I enjoyed all I learned through this historical fiction, it was enlightening and entertaining. Well written and the characters each portrayed with their strong personalities. If you enjoy historical fiction about strong women and their drive, I highly recommend this. First half, 4.5 stars, second half, 3 stars. Overall 3.5 stars with a recommendation to the right audience.

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Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book.

Margaret Fuller was a famous author, a member of the Transcendentalists, a celebrated group of American writers in the 1830s and 1840s. Her close friends included Nathanial Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and she even had several public rows with Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote "Humanity is divided into men, women, and Margaret Fuller". But until I read this book I had never heard of her!

Privately tutored by her father to be free and an independent thinker, she was left with few real world abilities when her father unexpectedly died leaving the family destitute. As the oldest child, she needed to make money to support not only herself, but her mother and younger siblings. But as a woman in that time in America, and in fact in the world, she had few options. She spent some time tutoring young ladies from affluent families whose parents felt they were entitled to a better education than was available to them otherwise. She also spent a few years teaching in progressive schools, but found her greatest joy was in writing. She hosted a series of Conversations in Boston, which were attended by all sorts of women, some of whom were instrumental in her later life.

She helped create The Dial magazine with Thoreau and Emerson and later was employed by Horace Greeley at the New York Tribune to cover everything from the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to the writing of Frederick Douglass to the music of Lugwig von Beethoven. He also employed her as the first overseas correspondent for an American newspaper, where she travelled around Europe and sent back columns for Americans, including meeting and interviewing William Wordsworth in England and George Sand and Frederic Chopin in France. While living in Rome, she wrote first-hand accounts of the uprisings in Italy as they attempted to form a republic.

She married an Italian, Marchese Giovanni Ossoli and gave birth to a son, but tragically they were all killed in a shipwreck just off the coast of New York as the ship carrying her home to America crashed and sank, leaving no trace of any of them. She had written a book about the Italian uprising which she was bringing to America to publish, but it was also lost in the wreck.

This was a book worth reading, if only to find out about one of the leading lights of early American literature whose tragic end at the early age of forty robbed her of her rightful place in our literary history.

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In her author’s note at the back of this book Allison Pataki says “To write about Margaret Fuller felt like a bold undertaking.” Reading the book--the first one of Pataki’s that I’ve read of the seven historical novels she’s written --I thought it was even more bold to write the book in the present tense in Margaret Fuller’s voice!
But then I looked at Pataki’s previous two books and saw that she did the same thing as she does here. In her book about Desiree Clary (“the woman who captured Napoleon’s heart”), Desiree is the author. In her book about Marjorie Meriweather Post (“the American heiress and trailblazing leader”), the author is Marjorie.
This new one, being her third in a row to employ this approach, demonstrates that Pataki—in writing about a woman whose historical importance is, in my opinion, far greater than the other two—has perfected her technique.
As in the earlier books, this one has a prologue and an epilogue. (Unfortunately the prologue here is the weakest element in the book. It’s melodramatic, not in Margaret’s voice, and is unnecessary. It could have easily been worked into the book’s epilogue. I almost stopped reading the book because of the prologue. It gives no hint of the quality of the chapters that follow.)
As in the earlier books, the book consists of (many, in this case 56) short chapters. As in the earlier books just about every chapter starts with a dateline (the season, or even the month, from 1836 to 1850) and a location (as we travel with Margaret from Concord, MA—the location of many chapters--to New York City to London, Paris, Florence and the many chapters in Rome).
And as in the other two books, the important characters in the book--Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allen Poe, Horace Greeley, Wordsworth, Chopin, George Sand, Giuseppe Mazzini, Elizabeth Barrett Browning—are not “a product of the author’s imagination.”
So if this new book is so like the earlier books, why do I claim that Pataki has perfected her technique? Because this time around Pataki’s “author” is a writer. Throughout the book you feel Pataki’s empathy for a fellow writer who was brave enough to overcome all the obstacles that a woman of her time faced if she wanted to think and learn as a man does, to write, and to support her own life.
Sure, a biographer could feel the same empathy, but a biographer would also have to maintain a distance from her subject and likely would overwhelm the reader with too many details.
Pataki can restrict her focus to the “inspiring, shocking, romantic and ultimately tragic facts” of Fuller’s life. She can choose the place in the narrative for Emerson to praise Fuller’s “radiant genius and fiery heart.” She can give just the right weight to Horace Greeley’s characterization of Fuller as “the Most Well-Read Person in America.” She can choose the moment in the book when Fuller remembers “one of the many quotes that Father insisted I memorize, Possunt quia posse videntur --They can conquer who believe they can” and remember that this quote comes from the Aeneid and is said by an oarsman who is “on a journey to find, to found, and to become.”
And Pataki can write an epilogue in which Louisa May Alcott, reflecting on the tragic death of the woman she admired so much, realizes that “Margaret will be there in the mind of every girl who grows bold and asks questions of herself and her world. 'To become,' as Margaret would have said, …Margaret whose body is lost but whose words will never die . . . who has shown [Louisa] and countless others, that it is not only her right, but her sacred obligation, to fly.”
In a book that aims to make Margaret Fuller’s name and legacy more widely known and appreciated, how perfect to encapsulate that legacy in the words of a woman whose name and legacy are known worldwide.
Thus Pataki’s technique achieves perfection.
I expect that fans of Pataki’s previous books will count this one as Pataki’s best book yet. Readers, like me, who have not read a book by Pataki before (but now plan to seek out her other books) will be convinced that Pataki is right: Margaret Fuller’s life and work should be more widely known. Margaret Fuller deserves the love that Pataki gives her here.

Thank you Ballantine Books for providing an advance copy in galley form for review consideration via NetGalley. Please note: Quotes taken from a galley may change in the final version.
All opinions are my own.

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FINDING MARGARET FULLER by Allison Pataki (The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post and Beauty in the Broken Places) provides a fictional look at the life of a journalist and author who was famous during her lifetime (1810-1850) but is much less well known today. A contemporary and friend to writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and later Louisa May Alcott, Fuller crafted works such as Woman in the 19th Century. Fuller was even rumored to be an inspiration for Hawthorne's Hester Prynne. Sadly, she met an untimely death in a shipping accident, but Pataki is a master at imaging and recounting events in Fuller's life during her visits to Concord and while living in Boston (where she was the first woman to use Harvard's library) and in Europe (where Fuller was a foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley's newspapers). Fuller's feminist leanings are explored as well as her romantic trysts although modern readers may tend to cringe at Emerson's seeming manipulation of her. FINDING MARGARET FULLER received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly ("full of lush details about the life of an overlooked contributor to Transcendentalism and women’s rights").

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Historical fiction that is based on real lives and events, especially when it is about strong women whose stories have not been told widely, will always get me excited about reading. Finding Margaret Fuller is about a woman who is considered one of the founders of the American women's rights movement, and yet few non-historians have even heard of her. I certainly had not, and after reading this novel, I am certain to go searching for several of the resources listed by Allison Pataki in the author's notes.

Thoroughly researched, this novel is compelling and very readable, told mostly in first person through Margaret's voice. Although we know from the very first how the story is going to end, the journey is inspiring and the characters are a virtual who's who of writers, poets and artists of the mid-18th century. Margaret Fuller was a very accomplished woman, influential and successful as a writer, editor and foreign correspondent, and had her life not been cut short, we certainly would be learning about her along with her contemporaries.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for the digital ARC of Finding Margaret Fuller by Allison Pataki. The opinions in this review are my own.

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