❰BOOKS❯ ✯ The Exiles Author Christina Baker Kline – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship oppression opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives The author of the New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship oppression opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives in nineteenth century AustraliaSeduced by her employer’s son Evangeline a naïve young governess in early nineteenth century London is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison After months in the fetid overcrowded jail she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas” Van Diemen’s Land a penal colony in Australia Though uncertain of what awaits Evangeline knows one thing the child she carries will be born on the months long voyage to this distant landDuring the journey on a repurposed slave ship the Medea Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon Canny where Evangeline is guileless Hazel a skilled midwife and herbalist – is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favorsThough Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for than years the British government in the s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance By the time the Medea arrives many of them have been forcibly relocated their land seized by white colonists One of these relocated people is Mathinna the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s LandIn this gorgeous novel Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective through the experiences of Evangeline Hazel and Mathinna While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair it is also for some an opportunity for redemption for a new way of life for unimagined freedom Told in exuisite detail and incisive prose The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship the unbreakable bonds of female friendships and the unfettering of legacy.
- 370 pages
- The Exiles
- Christina Baker Kline
- 09 March 2015 Christina Baker Kline