Tracy Chevalier
The Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Girl with a Pearl Earring

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From the Wall Street Journal: "A vibrant, sumptuous novel... triumphant... a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it." Entertainment Weekly calls it "lustrous."

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At the Edge of the Orchard

At the Edge of the Orchard

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O, The Oprah Magazine calls this "Irresistible." From the publisher: "1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. 1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last." Add Audible narration for $12.99.

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The Last Runaway: A Novel

The Last Runaway: A Novel

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From the publisher: "Bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first foray into the American past, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement. Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850--only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance."

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Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

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From the publisher: "This collection of original stories by today's finest woman writers takes inspiration from the famous line in Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel. A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Brontë is revered by readers all over the world. Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th-century Britain when few women wrote and fewer were published, Brontë has been a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now, 20 of today's most celebrated woman authors have spun original stories: Tracy Chevalier, Helen Dunmore, Joanna Briscoe, Emma Donoghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Elif Shafak, Evie Wyld, Nadifa Mohamed, Sarah Hall, Lionel Shriver, Audrey Niffenegger, Namwali Serpell, and Elizabeth McCracken."

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Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

From the publisher: "From the New York Times bestselling novelist, a stunning historical novel that follows the story of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary learns that she has a unique gift: 'the eye' to spot ammonites and other fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches."

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