Cosette by Laura Kalpakian
The Sequel to Les Miserables

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Written by an authority on Victor Hugo's classic novel, this sequel chronicles the life of Cosette, the adopted daughter of Jean Valjean, and her romance with Marius Pontmercy, while revolution continues to envelop France. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
 

About Laura Kalpakian

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Laura Kalpakian has received a National Endowment of the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and the first Anahid Literary Award for an American Writer of Armenian descent. Her novels include "Steps and Exes, Graced Land, Caveat, " and "These Latter Days." Her short fiction has been gathered in three collections, including "Fair Augusto, " which won the PEN/West Award for Best Short Fiction. She lives in Washington State with her two sons.
 
Published July 1, 1995 by Harpercollins. 652 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Kalpakian's version does make some very neat plot references to its predecessor by having a character chased and hunted for year upon year, as well as having yet another character go underground to escape punishment for a trumped-up crime.

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Kalpakian trades the intimate scale of her quirky Graced Land for the sprawl of a historical saga, picking up Victor Hugo's 1862 classic where it ended. Though named after Cosette, the adopted daughte

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Yet, in altering her voice for period authenticity, the author is more melodramatic than literary (Cosette ``locked her fingers into Marius's coat as if he were the branch and she the autumn leaf, and this revolutionary gale was about to blow them apart forever'').

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It takes Kalpakian close to 100 pages to segue into her own material and story line, which turn out to be (go figure) a refiguring of Les Misérables, with Marius finding his own nemesis in Achille Clerons (a malignant version of the morally rigid Javert), and Cosette adopting a street urchin hers...

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