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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

por Nancy Horan

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"In her new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably 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.In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably 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"--… (mais)
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    Loving Frank por Nancy Horan (ainsleytewce)
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    The Paris Wife por Paula McLain (novelcommentary)
    novelcommentary: Similar themes, a literary life depicted
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    In the South Seas por Robert Louis Stevenson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These engaging books offer armchair travelers adventure in exotic climes. Under the Wide and Starry Sky is a biographical novel about Robert Louis Stevenson, and In the South Seas is Stevenson's memoir about what he found there.
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    The Shadow-Line: A Confession por Joseph Conrad (cometahalley)
    cometahalley: Interessante il confronto tra Stevenson e Conrad, resi diversi dalla storia e critica letteraria,in realtà appartenenti al medesimo contesto storico, grandi visionari e animati dalla stessa predilezione per le dimensioni narrative esotiche.
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    Il mio letto e una nave: poesie per grandi incanti e piccoli lettori por Robert Louis Stevenson (cometahalley)
    cometahalley: La raccolta di versi di Stevenson non solo racchiude tutta la sua poetica, ma rivela come già da bambino nello scrittore albergasse l'attitudine all'immaginare, il desiderio di confrontarsi col mondo.
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    The Great Lover por Jill Dawson (ainsleytewce)
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    The Wrecker por Robert Louis Stevenson (ainsleytewce)
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    The Island of Voices, The beach of Falesà por Robert Louis Stevenson (cometahalley)
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky is the story of Fanny Van de Grift and her husband, author Robert Louis Stevenson. It's an enthralling biography of two extraordinary lives. Fanny is an American, married to a philanderer who she left with her children to live in France when she meets Robert Louis Stevenson, eleven years her junior and not famous yet. Despite the obstacles, the two fall in love and once Fanny gets a divorce, they marry. Due to Louis' (the name the family uses) health problems, they travel widely, looking for a place where his lungs might not suffer, while his fame grows with books such as Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They settled finally in Samoa where both are buried.
They lived fascinating lives from the Wild West of America to the highlands of Scotland, Paris to the islands of the Pacific. They knew all sorts of famous people from the art and literary world. Ms. Horan is able to fairly depict both the good and bad of their characters using letters and diaries in a very readable format. I really loved their story. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Apr 13, 2021 |
I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaways. This book is a fictional account of the romance of Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne that really brings them to life. Fanny is older, married to a cheating husband and grieving a dead son. Louis is unsure of his future, sickly and smitten at first sight. Horan allows the reader to follow the Stevenson's through their ups and downs as they travel the world looking for inspiration and relief for Louis' health problems, theirs is a fascinating if unconventional love story. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would, the research that the author did preparing for this book really gave the characters and their world depth and this drew you into their story.
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
Well written guess-work at the personal lives of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife/muse/collaborator Fanny. Historical fiction a la Loving Frank and The Paris Wife. Nancy Horan brings personalities to life and captures the time period effectively....some incidences and situations are hard to follow as they are pieced together from journals and correpsondence of the historical figures, but overall well-researched and woven together. Would love to spend an hour with RLS as he is portrayed! ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I am familiar with Nancy Horan's last novel, Loving Frank: A Nove and got swept up with her tale of Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress then companion Mamah Borthwick Cheney. I remember reading and then re-reading that novel since I got so caught up with the story of these two people and wished for them a different ending. Now with her follow-up historical fiction novel she focuses on the relationship between Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny van de Grift Osbourne Stevenson.

I am familiar with Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but can honestly say besides reading those two books never looked into Mr. Stevenson's life. Ms. Horan manages to imbue such life into Mr. Stevenson as well as Fanny that for me many times I felt as if I was intruding on private conversations made more real by the description of people, smells, and places.

At first readers are immersed in Fanny's story before it moves forward to the day when she meets Stevenson. Fanny at the time she met Stevenson was estranged from her husband and went to live abroad with her three children in order to study art. I quickly found myself identifying with Fanny just because in that time and place to actually leave one's husband and divorce him was simply not done.

I loved how Horan paints Fanny and Stevenson's marriage and showing readers when one married at that time all you were to hope for as a woman was to be some man's wife. Fanny having different dreams for herself and though she loved Stevenson was often upset (rightfully in my opinion) that she was made to feel as an outsider by his close literary friends.

When we eventually get to the ending I felt similar to how I felt when I finished "Loving Frank" a wish that things had ended differently.

I really do recommend this novel and cannot wait to see what Nancy Horan tackles next in historical fiction.

Please note I received this novel for free via the Amazon Vine Program. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Oh book club ladies!! Remember "Loving Frank"??? Nancy Horan does as superb a job on this book! JUST LOVED IT!! It made me want to read Treasure Island (I've downloaded it on my Nook so I can read it sometime this summer!) ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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"In her new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably 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.In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably 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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