Title: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Expected publication: January 21, 2014; Ballantine
Genre: historical fiction
"The second novel by the author of Loving Frank, this new work tells the story of the passionate, turbulent relationship between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wild-tempered American wife, Fanny. Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted in Loving Frank.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world."
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