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Rebecca Wentworth's Distraction

“Hailed by Annie Proulx in the New York Times... Robert J. Begiebing now completes his trilogy of American historical novels that began with The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin and The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton... The liberating potential of artistic expression clashes cruelly with social convention in a tale that masterfully evokes colonial New England.” (from jacket copy)

“The Langum Prize. . . is awarded to Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction: A Novel as the best university press novel of 2003 to make the rich history of America accessible to the educated general public.”
--Prize citation, 2003