The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
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Livesey is a lovely, fluid writer. There’s much pleasure to be had in her descriptions of neolithic sites in Orkney and, most of all, her abiding affinity for the natural world...
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The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a modern take on a classic story—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—that will fascinate readers of the Gothic original and fans of modern literary fiction alike, with its lyrical prose, robust characters, and abundant compassion. Set in early 1960s Scotland, this breakout novel from award-winning author Margot Livesey is a tale of determination and spirit that, like The Three Weissmanns of Westport and A Thousand Acres, spins an unforgettable new story from threads of our shared, still-living literary past.

“Gemma is real—it’s as simple as that. And through her eyes we see step by step what it means . . . to take possession of one’s own life.” —David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

 

About Margot Livesey

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MARGOT LIVESEY is the acclaimed author of the novels The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals and Homework. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Livesey was born in Scotland and now now lives in the Boston area. She is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College. Visit her online at www.margotlivesey.com or on her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MargotLivesey.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Harper. 469 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Towers on Jan 20 2012

Livesey is a lovely, fluid writer. There’s much pleasure to be had in her descriptions of neolithic sites in Orkney and, most of all, her abiding affinity for the natural world...

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Reviewed by Candace Fertile on Mar 02 2012

Given the emotion-drenched pages of Jane Eyre, Margot Livesey has transposed the story to more than a century later, keeping much of the feeling but modernizing the action...Gemma is herself, not merely an updated Jane, and that...is a compliment.

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