The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel

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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.

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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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Margot Livesey's acclaimed novels include The House on Fortune Street (winner of the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award) and Eva Moves the Furniture. She lives in the Boston area and is a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

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