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From the Publisher
Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness is a radiant and
artful novel based on the life of Lucy Dillon, an 18th-century
French aristocrat. Her intelligence, beauty, and lack of pretension
made Lucy a favorite of luminaries like Talleyrand and Germaine de
Stael - and equipped her to survive the "Terror" that swept France
in the wake of the Revolution. Possessed of considerable wit and
practicality, Lucy manages to keep her beloved husband and small
children safe while all her former circle, including King Louis XVI
and Queen Marie Antoinette, are guillotined.
Eventually securing passage on a small ship bound for Boston, Lucy
and her family settle in the Hudson Valley near Albany. Exhilarated
by the personal and political freedom she finds in America, Lucy
views her time there not as "exile," but rather as "opportunity" -
and the former palace darling proudly turns dairymaid, establishing
a successful farm and embracing all the challenges and adventures
the New World presents her.