From the bestselling author of The Wives of Los Alamos comes the riveting story of a stranger's arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, a crime that shakes the divided community to its core. Join bestselling author TaraShea Nesbit as she discusses Beheld, her gripping retelling of the Plymouth colony’s first murder, with Kenyon Review editor David Lynn.
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Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, the colony said to be founded on religious freedom is in reality under the tight-fisted rule of fervent puritans who prohibit the other residents from living, trading, and worshipping as they choose. By the time an unfamiliar ship, bearing new colonists, appears on the horizon one summer morning, Anglican outsiders and rebels have had enough.
In gripping, visceral detail and exquisite prose, TaraShea Nesbit reframes the familiar story of America's founding myth in the previously unheard voices of two women of very different status and means. She evokes a vivid, ominous Plymouth, populated by famous and unknown characters alike, each with carefully maintained outward faces and conflicting inner desires, fearful of God and fallibly human.
Suspenseful and beautifully wrought, Beheld is the tale of a murder and a trial, a study of the motivations—personal and political—that bring people to action, and an intimate portrait of love, friendship, and enmity that asks: Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and subsequently, who gets punished?
TaraShea Nesbit is the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a national bestseller, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, among other accolades. Her writing has been featured in Granta, Ninth Letter, The Guardian, Fourth Genre, Salon, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Denver. An assistant professor and Altman Scholar at Miami University, she lives in Oxford, Ohio with her family.
David Lynn is the author of three collections of stories, Children of God, Year of Fire, and Fortune Telling. He is also the author of the novel, Wrestling with Gabriel, and the critical study, The Hero’s Tale: Narrators in the Early Modern Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals in the U.S., the U.K., India, and Australia. Since 1994, Lynn has been the editor of The Kenyon Review, an international journal of literature, culture and the arts. He is a Professor of English at Kenyon College.