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 Bronte'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.
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Taken from her native Iceland to Scotland in the early 1950s when her widower father drowns at sea, young Gemma Hardy comes to live with her kindly uncle and his family. But his death leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and she suddenly finds herself an unwelcome guest. Surviving oppressive years at a strict private school, Gemma ultimately finds a job as an au pair to the eight-year-old niece of Mr. Sinclair on the Orkney Islands--and here, at the mysterious and remote Blackbird Hall, Gemma's greatest trial begins.Review:
A riveting story of self-actualization....Readers can take considerable delight in following Liveseys re-creation of Brontes plot turns, and Livesey often succeeds in improving on the original....A pleasure... --Maribel Molyneaux, Philly.com
Absorbing....Ms. Livesey writes lovely, understated prose...[her] treks through the novels pleasing natural landscapes...are almost as engaging as her navigation of Gemmas restless psyche. --Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
A delight....Livesey is a lovely, fluid writer. --Sarah Towers, New York Times Book Review
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