Finalist - Los Angeles Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award
Winner - M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction
Winner - MassBook Reader's Choice Award
Finalist - Lascaux Prize for Literature
Named one of the 10 best novels of 2016 by Powell's, Bustle, Refinery29, and The Coil.
"Beauregard has captured the true hide and grit of that God- and nature-haunted 19th-century mind in all its rough, baroque, oddly tender poetry.” —The Washington Post
“Mark Beauregard’s exhilarating, beautifully realized novel The Whale provides a detailed, passionate, and thoughtful evocation of Hawthorne and Melville's love for one another, including a sexual dimension…” —Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
“Vivid and beautifully written, smart, and achingly sensual, this novel is at once a passionate love story and a gripping portrait of an artist wrestling with himself on the cusp of his greatest achievement.” —Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles