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Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit
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A feminist recounting of a murder at Plymouth in 1630 through the voices of the colony's women and underclass.

Much like her debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos, TaraShea Nesbit's Beheld imagines a familiar historical narrative from the perspectives of those who are often relegated to the background in the official version. This time, her focus is on the women and indentured servants who came to the "New World" on the first ships and struggled to survive and make lives for themselves and their families in Plymouth under exceedingly perilous circumstances. It's an admirable project, as these perspectives are valuable and critical to a complete understanding of the events of the first pilgrims. It's also, thanks to Nesbit's acute rendering of human psychology and emotional depth, eminently fascinating.

Beheld is set in 1630 and narrated alternately by several key figures at Plymouth, but most notably Alice Bradford, wife of Governor William Bradford, and Eleanor Billington, who came to Plymouth ...

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