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The Flight of Gemma Hardy (Reprint) (Paperback) by Margot Livesey

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About the Book



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.

"Gemma is real--it's as simple as that. And through her eyes we see step by step what it means . . . to take possession of one's own life." --David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle



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New York Times Bestseller

"An exceptionally well-plotted, well-crafted, innovatively interpreted modern twist on a timeless classic, one that's sure to delight the multitudes of Brontë fans, and the multitudes of fans that Livesey deserves." --The Boston Globe

"A suspenseful, curl-up-by-the-fire romance with a willfully determined protagonist who's worthy of her literary role model." -- People

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 Brontë'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 Quotes



"In this modern day retelling of Jane Eyre - trade horses for private jets - novelist Margot Livesey pays homage to Brontë's literary classic."--Marie Claire, Four New Page-Turners to Keep Bedside

"Livesey follows Brontë's form, but so convincingly does she create her own character's life and surroundings that the original soon recedes, its story a beloved, familiar body dressed in an entirely new and vibrant wardrobe."--Atlantic Monthly

"A brilliantly paced contemporary adventure about a headstrong orphan's struggle to claim a place for her generous heart in a secret-laden, sometimes loveless world."--Lisa Shea, Elle

"A cunning adaptation."--Liza Nelson, O, the Oprah Magazine

"A delight....Livesey is a lovely, fluid writer."--Sarah Towers, New York Times Book Review

"Absorbing....Ms. Livesey writes lovely, understated prose...[her] treks through the novel's pleasing natural landscapes...are almost as engaging as her navigation of Gemma's restless psyche."--Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

"Inspired by Jane Eyre, Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) offers vibrant prose and a feisty heroine in her fascinating sixth novel.... Captivating and moving, this book is a wonderful addition to Livesey's body of work."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Jane Eyre gets a terrific modern makeover....Livesey works some sort of magic in The Flight of Gemma Hardy, which is too entertaining to be superfluous, too wise in its understanding of human nature to be a mere retread."--Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

"Livesey delivers a suspenseful, curl-up-by-the-fire romance with a willfully determined protagonist who's worthy of her literary role model."--People

"Livesey has pulled off the near-impossible task that the homage begs an author to do: create an original, fresh work that shines in its own light, while bringing an established, esteemed work to the attention of new readers, and showing off previously unseen facets to its fans...."--Meredith Maran, Boston Globe

"Marvelous....Gemma Hardy is one of those page turners in which you occasionally have to wrest yourself away from the plot to admire the language."--Kristin Ohlson, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The portrait of a delicate, iron-willed girl, an orphan and a heroine in the grand tradition.... Here as in all of Livesey's novels, the real treasure is her gift for exploring the unreduced human psyche with all its radiant contradictions, mercurial insights, and desperate generosities."--David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 5.25 Inches (W) x 1.17 Inches (D)
Weight: .97 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 446
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General, School + Education
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Paperback
Author: Margot Livesey
Language: English
Street Date: July 28, 2016
TCIN: 14335736
UPC: 9780062064233
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4020
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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