Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness by Sheila Kohler

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Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness is a radiant and artful novel based on the life of Lucy Dillon, an 18th-century French aristocrat. Her intelligence, beauty, and lack of pretension made Lucy a favorite of luminaries like Talleyrand and Germaine de Staël—and equipped her to survive the "Terror" that swept France in the wake of the Revolution. Possessed of considerable wit and practicality, Lucy manages to keep her beloved husband and small children safe while all her former circle, including King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, are guillotined. Eventually securing passage on a small ship bound for Boston, Lucy and her family settle in the Hudson Valley near Albany. Exhilarated by the personal and political freedom she finds in America, Lucy views her time there not as "exile," but rather as "opportunity"—and the former palace darling proudly turns dairymaid, establishing a successful farm and embracing all the challenges and adventures the New World presents her.
 

About Sheila Kohler

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Sheila Kohler is the award-winning author of five previous novels, including Cracks.
 
Published April 24, 2007 by Other Press. 440 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The life of Lucy Dillon, an aristocrat in Marie Antoinette's court, is the subject of the seventh novel and flawed first foray into historical realism for South African author Kohler (Crossways ).

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Sheila Kohler’s new novel Bluebird, Or the Invention of Happiness takes place after the French Revolution.

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