Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
A Novel of Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas—eager to be a good wife and strong queen—she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give what she and the people of France desire most: a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror."

With penetrating insight and with wondrous narrative skill, Sena Jeter Naslund offers an intimate, fresh, heartbreaking, and dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond popular myth—and she makes a bygone time of tumultuous change as real to us as the one we are living in now.


About Sena Jeter Naslund

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Sena Jeter Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and Program Director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction which have been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Polish, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Danish and reprinted in the Australia and the UK, where she was a finalist for the Orange Prize.
Published June 1, 2007 by Harper Perennial. 592 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The opening sentence of Naslund's fictional memoir of Marie Antoinette ("Like everyone, I am born naked") sets a hypnotically intimate tone that never wavers as the much-maligned Austrian princess recounts her life from baptism in the Rhine and rebirth as French citizen to appointment with the gu...

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' } else { echo 'It would not be long before Toinette, as the future queen was called, and Louis took over the royal reins.

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It's somewhat ironic that a barely literate Austrian archduchess with a bare-bones education and the attention span of a hamster has inspired a royal abundance of books.Yet if you read one book about Marie Antoinette (also the subject of a movie starring Kirsten Dunst this fall), let it be Sena J...

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Laurel Maury Seattle Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "Intensive historical inquiry enables Naslund to re-create Marie Antoinette’s life with empathy and irresistibly piquant detail.

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