Mass Market Paperbound
1088 pages, 6.9 × 4.21 × 1.75 in
November 10, 1997
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0770427758
ISBN - 13: 9780770427757
Read from the Book
The second portrait hung on the landing of the stairs, looking thoroughly out of place. From below Brianna could see the ornate gilded frame, its heavy carving quite at odds with the solid, battered comfort of the house's other furnishings. It reminded her of pictures in museums; this homely setting seemed incongruous.As she followed Jenny onto the landing the glare of light from the window disappeared, leaving the painting's surface flat and clear before her.She gasped, and felt the hair rise on her forearms, under the linen of her shirt."It's remarkable, aye?" Jenny looked from the painting to Brianna and back again, her own features marked with something between pride and awe."Remarkable!" Brianna agreed, swallowing."Ye see why we kent ye at once," her aunt went on, laying a loving hand against the carved frame."Yes. Yes, I can see that.""It will be my mother, aye? Your grandmother, Ellen MacKenzie.""Yes," Brianna said. "I know." Dust motes stirred up by their footsteps whirled lazily through the afternoon light from the window. Brianna felt rather as though she was whirling with them, no longer anchored to reality.Two hundred years from now, she had — I will? she thought wildly — stood in front of this portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, furiously denying the truth that it showed.Ellen MacKenzie looked out at her now as she had then; long-necked and regal, slanted eyes showing a humor that did not quite touch the tender mouth. It wasn't a mirror image, by any means
From the Publisher
It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past--or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once buy twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend--a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter Brianna...
Now, Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong...
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon holds a master's degree in marine biology and a Ph.D. in ecology, and spent a dozen years as a university professor before turning to write fiction full-time. Her previous publishing history includes scholarly articles and comic book stories for Walt Disney, as well as the award-winning novels Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband, three children, and a large number of animals.
"Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing."
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"Passionate...remarkable--a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling."
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