Miss Emily is a fictional novel by Irish author Nuala O’Connor. Based on the life of Emily Dickinson, the story revolves around the relationship between Emily and a household maid named Ada who comes straight from Ireland to the Dickinson household.
Told in the first person, the chapters switch between Emily and Ada’s point- of-view. Using this writing style, the author compares recluse Dickinson to the new maid who fearlessly left Ireland in search of something more in life. O’Connor also includes Emily’s relationships with her immediate family which are somewhat strained.
I admit I know little about Dickinson’s life however, reading this book helped me gain insight into what may have been her private thoughts. She was certainly an introvert who preferred the company of her poetry, nature, and words to that of human beings. The story itself captured my attention, and as a writer, I enjoyed it.