Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

Kobo ebook | January 21, 2014

byNancy Horan

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From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.
 
At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.  Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”
           
Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing—and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair—marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness—that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s own unforgettable tales.

Praise for Under the Wide and Starry Sky
 
“A richly imagined [novel] of love, laughter, pain and sacrifice . . . Under the Wide and Starry Sky is a dual portrait, with Louis and Fanny sharing the limelight in the best spirit of teamwork—a romantic partnership.”USA Today
 
“Powerful . . . flawless . . . a perfect example of what a man and a woman will do for love, and what they can accomplish when it’s meant to be.”Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“Spectacular . . . an exhilarating epic about a free-spirited couple who traveled the world yet found home only in one another.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Horan’s prose is gorgeous enough to keep a reader transfixed, even if the story itself weren’t so compelling. I kept re-reading passages just to savor the exquisite wordplay. . . . Few writers are as masterful as she is at blending carefully researched history with the novelist’s art.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“A classic artistic bildungsroman and a retort to the genre, a novel that shows how love and marriage can simultaneously offer inspiration and encumbrance.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Nancy Horan has done it again, capturing the entwined lives of Fanny Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson so uncannily, it reads like truth.”—Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress
 
“Horan has a distinct knack for evoking the rich, complicated lives of long-gone artists and the women who inspired them.”Entertainment Weekly


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCHLook for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipat...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not one to take away the thunder but this book is as good if not better than Ms Horan previous "Loving Frank". I did like that she elected to create another work of semi-fiction as I call it. Very well researched historical information but giving life and intent to the characters that the original might not have had. I would highly recommend this book for those that love to peak behind closed doors. View the lives of people as you would view a great film.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fascinating biography Author Nancy Horan has penned a beautiful love story about Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson. It is a story about a strong woman who was not afraid to pursue life despite enduring a humiliating marriage with a philandering husband. The author does a wonderful job of bringing to life the late 1800's with excellent descriptions and details of day to day life. Like most biographical novels, there are times when one's life is not full of excitement or problems. And this is the case with Fanny and Robert's life.  The author manages this very well, and although the story is very slow at times, the result is a full and thorough accounting of their lives together. I especially enjoyed learning more about Robert Louis Stevenson, his failing health, and his determination to write works of the highest quality. 
Date published: 2014-01-21