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Under the Wide and Starry Sky Book Cover Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Nancy Horan
Historical Fiction
474

"In her new novel, Nancy Horan chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world."

From Jim's review: Stevenson and Osbourne cover a lot of ground: Paris, Scotland, the east and west coast of the US and the South Pacific, among others. Those places are as much a part of the story as the protagonists, and her writing takes you there and gives you the feeling of walking along with the them through the latter half of the 19th century.