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Sena Jeter Naslund's novel, Ahab's Wife, charts the sorrows of people who have lost enjoys. Ahab's Wife is all about the healing process after injury and loss. Naslund's novel speaks to the pristine, wounded, restless portion of humans, the part that's ever questioning the meaning of existence. It educates healing that is a reaction to this essential imperfection, this essential doubt. Naslund's book is composed as a answer to Herman Melville's Moby Dick: about a wounded sea captain who seeks revenge against nature, against "the ungraspable phantom,"1 the "heartless immensities"two for wounding him. Ahab attempts to overthrow the energy in nature that inflicts such pain by leaving the territory, leaving the domain of people, leaving "that young girl-wife. "3 In contrast, Naslund's personality, Una, responds to the inflicted sorrows of existence by turning toward people, by returning to land, by binding herself tightly to all those she loves. While Melville's novel charts the lives of people who've been cast out by suffering, people who leave society in response to pain, in a search for meaning, Naslund's book offers an alternate response to hardship; Naslund suggests the essential healing later pain, the significance of life is provided by other people. The very first love that Una looses is her husband to be, Giles. Immediately after Una sees Giles die she belongs to her very best friend (and Giles' closest buddy), Kit. Naslund describes the scene immediately following Giles' departure, He (picture), too, had consolation to offer, but that I felt numb as gems. The ship rocked us occasionally my weight bearing toward Kit, occasionally his body leaning into mine. Only my skin was alive. I was a rock covered with a tissue of flesh. Kit put his hand under my skirt and touched my leg.