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“A tour de power of unique thought, creativeness and promise … Kline takes full benefit of fiction — its freedom to create compelling characters who totally illuminate monumental occasions to make historical past accessible and ceaselessly etched in our minds." — Houston Chronicle
The writer of the #1 New York Instances bestseller Orphan Practice returns with an formidable, emotionally resonant novel about three girls whose lives are certain collectively in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they climate collectively as they combat for redemption and freedom in a brand new society.
Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve younger governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her being pregnant is found and despatched to the infamous Newgate Jail. After months within the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land past the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Although unsure of what awaits, Evangeline is aware of one factor: the kid she carries shall be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.
Throughout the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a woman little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny the place Evangeline is guileless, Hazel—a talented midwife and herbalist—is quickly providing residence cures to each prisoners and sailors in return for a wide range of favors.
Although Australia has been residence to Aboriginal folks for greater than 50,000 years, the British authorities within the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an disagreeable nuisance. By the point the Medea arrives, lots of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One among these relocated folks is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the brand new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.
On this attractive novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a brand new society in a wonderful and difficult land, telling the story of Australia from a contemporary perspective, by the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. Whereas life in Australia is punishing and infrequently brutally unfair, additionally it is, for some, a possibility: for redemption, for a brand new lifestyle, for unimagined freedom. Advised in beautiful element and incisive prose, The Exiles is a narrative of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of feminine friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.
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