"The House of Hawthorne" by Erika Robuck is the novel based on the marriage of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne told through the eyes of Mrs. Hawthorne. The novel starts out with Sophia traveling to Cuba in an effort to relieve herself of debilitating headaches. Sophia is an artist that suffers from severe headaches following artistic activity. Upon her return she meets Nathaniel Hawthorne, the future author of "The Scarlett Letter". The couple then begin a life together writing and traveling the world.
House of Hawthorne is a who's who of the early 1800s. Making appearances are the Emersons, Thereau, the Alcotts, Horace Mann, and the Pierces', as in President Pierce. The novel is well written and bring to light a lot of issues of the time period and of the Transcendentalist movement. There is no central storyline, it is more of a timeline in the couple's lives. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from First To Read.