The Little Balloonist [Mass Market Paperback] by Linda Donn

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A soaring love story set in Napoleonic France

This irresistible literary debut novel was inspired by the life of Sophie Blanchard, one of the first women to fly. In Paris, a young widow inherits her late husband’s considerable debts, as well as his celebrated hydrogen balloon. Drawn by the allure of flight despite its dangers, Sophie takes to the skies with a boldness that wins her fame throughout the country. Along with her new celebrity, Sophie wins the love of two very different men: one, her faithful childhood friend Andre Giroux, and the other a brash young Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to be emperor of France.

Beautifully written and enriched with seven historical etchings, The Little Balloonist distills themes of love, freedom, and loyalty into a powerful tale that brings to mind bestselling historical fiction like Silk by Allessandro Baricco and I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn. BACKCOVER: “Exquisite and beautiful . . . It will break your heart and take your breath away.”
—National Book Award–winning author Lily Tuck

“Delightful. . . . Glimpses of the history of primitive flight, tales of high romance and juicy anecdotes about Napoleon make this sweet novel soar. . . . Charming and smart—singularly high-spirited historical fiction.”
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“Whimsical . . . as pretty and slight as its heroine.”
Publishers Weekly


About Linda Donn

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LINDA DONN is the author of two works of nonfiction, The Roosevelt Cousins and Freud and Jung.
Published November 28, 2006 by Plume. 228 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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