The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reviewed by B. Ullsvik, November 2022

This book tells the story of Hester Prynne, and how she must live her life after committing adultery, and having a child out of wedlock. Hester and her daughter Pearl live their lives as normal, keeping to themselves and not worrying about others. Throughout the many years that the book takes place, Hester refuses to say where her husband is, and who the child's father is. Hawthorne does a wonderful job of drawing the book out, but adding in little pops of important details so you stay attached to the end, when all is revealed. I recommend this book to pretty much everyone. The language is a bit difficult to understand, so I suggest reading summaries after each chapter, just to make sure you understand each one.