Abundance takes a few liberties with history, including invented dialogue, but the main events were thoroughly researched. "I tried to be scrupulous about the facts, but still see the story from her perspective," says Naslund. "I tried to make the way she's thinking consistent with the sorts of things she's written in her letters." Naslund whose 1999 bestseller, Ahab's Wife, was a look at Moby-Dick's fanatical captain through the eyes of his spouse says that Antoinette oftens gets a bad rap. "She was actually quite a compassionate person," Naslund says. "She was a convenient scapegoat. She never would have been so callous as to say, Let them eat cake.'"
Thu., Oct. 12, 7 p.m.