Madame Bovary's Daughter by Linda Urbach
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Madame Bovary’s Daughter was a difficult book to get a handle on. I found that it defied categorization...Despite my problems with the book, after a slow start, it was a fairly absorbing read. Up until the end...and all we get is a sappy epilogue...
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Picking up after the shattering end of Gustave Flaubert’s classic, Madame Bovary, this beguiling novel imagines an answer to the question Whatever happened to Emma Bovary’s orphaned daughter?
 
One year after her mother’s suicide and just one day after her father’s brokenhearted demise, twelve-year-old Berthe Bovary is sent to live on her grandmother’s impoverished farm. Amid the beauty of the French countryside, Berthe models for the painter Jean-François Millet, but fate has more in store for her than a quiet life of simple pleasures. Berthe’s determination to rise above her mother’s scandalous past will take her from the dangerous cotton mills of Lille to a convent in Rouen to the wealth and glamour of nineteenth-century Paris. There, as an apprentice to famed fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth, Berthe is ushered into the high society of which she once only dreamed. But even as the praise for her couture gowns steadily rises, she still yearns for the one thing her mother never had: the love of someone she loves in return.

Brilliantly integrating one of classic literature’s fictional creations with real historical figures, Madame Bovary’s Daughter is an uncommon coming-of-age tale, a splendid excursion through the rags and the riches of French fashion, and a sweeping novel of poverty and wealth, passion and revenge.

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About Linda Urbach

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Author ResidenceBridgeport, CT.


Author HometownDenver, COLINDA URBACH has written two previous novels under a pseudonym. She lives in Connecticut, where she is at work on her next novel.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Bantam. 514 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Renee C. Fountain on Jan 28 2014

Using reimagined and embellished flashbacks of the original, Ms. Urbach crafts a plausible and riveting continuation of a prominent classic that perfectly captures the essence of the era, yet at the same time has a modern, comfortable feel.

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Reviewed by Jennie on Nov 02 2011

Madame Bovary’s Daughter was a difficult book to get a handle on. I found that it defied categorization...Despite my problems with the book, after a slow start, it was a fairly absorbing read. Up until the end...and all we get is a sappy epilogue...

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