Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

Nancy Horan


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From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling writer of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated moment novel, which tells the inconceivable love tale of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American spouse, Fanny.
 
on 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 3 young children and nanny in tow—to research artwork. it's a probability for this adventurous lady to begin over, to make a greater lifestyles for them all, and to pursue her personal desires.  now not lengthy after her arrival, even if, tragedy moves, and Fanny and her kids fix to a quiet artists’ colony in France the place she will recover. rising from a deep sorrow, she meets a full of life Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls immediately in love with the earthy, self sustaining, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”
           
Fanny doesn't instantly take to the slim younger legal professional who longs to commit his existence to writing—and who could ultimately pen such classics as Treasure Island and The unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, even though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the 2 commence a fierce love affair—marked by means of extreme pleasure and harrowing darkness—that spans the a long time and the globe. The shared lifetime of those strong-willed participants unfolds into an event as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s personal unforgettable tales.

Praise for Under the broad and Starry Sky
 
“A richly imagined [novel] of affection, laughter, ache and sacrifice . . . Under the broad and Starry Sky is a twin portrait, with Louis and Fanny sharing the limelight within the top spirit of teamwork—a romantic partnership.”USA Today
 
“Powerful . . . faultless . . . an ideal instance of what a guy and a girl will do for romance, and what they could accomplish whilst it’s intended to be.”Fort worthy Star-Telegram
 
“Spectacular . . . a thrilling epic a couple of free-spirited couple who traveled the area but came across domestic in simple terms in a single another.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Horan’s prose is beautiful adequate to maintain a reader transfixed, whether the tale itself weren’t so compelling. I stored re-reading passages simply to have fun with the beautiful wordplay. . . . Few writers are as masterful as she is at mixing rigorously researched historical past with the novelist’s art.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“A vintage creative bildungsroman and a retort to the style, a singular that indicates how love and marriage can at the same time supply concept and encumbrance.”—The big apple occasions publication Review
 
“Nancy Horan has performed it back, shooting the entwined lives of Fanny Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson so uncannily, it reads like truth.”—Sarah Blake, writer of The Postmistress
 
“Horan has a special knack for evoking the wealthy, advanced lives of long-gone artists and the ladies who encouraged them.”Entertainment Weekly

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