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Under the Wide and Starry Sky - A Novel

Nancy Horan

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium-with her three children and nanny in tow-to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists' colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated "belle Americaine." Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing-and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson's charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair-marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness-that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson's own unforgettable tales. Praise for Under the Wide and Starry Sky "A richly imagined [novel] of love, laughter, pain and sacrifice . . . [Fanny Osbourne] kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson's heart."-USA Today "Powerful . . . flawless . . . a perfect example of what a man and a woman will do for love, and what they can accomplish when it's meant to be."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Spectacular . . . an exhilarating epic about a free-spirited couple who traveled the world yet

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium-with her three children and nanny in tow-to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists' colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated "belle Americaine." Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing-and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson's charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair-marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness-that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson's own unforgettable tales. Praise for Under the Wide and Starry Sky "A richly imagined [novel] of love, laughter, pain and sacrifice . . . [Fanny Osbourne] kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson's heart."-USA Today "Powerful . . . flawless . . . a perfect example of what a man and a woman will do for love, and what they can accomplish when it's meant to be."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Spectacular . . . an exhilarating epic about a free-spirited couple who traveled the world yet
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium-with her three children and nanny in tow-to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists' colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated "belle Americaine." Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing-and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson's charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair-marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness-that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson's own unforgettable tales. Praise for Under the Wide and Starry Sky "A richly imagined [novel] of love, laughter, pain and sacrifice . . . [Fanny Osbourne] kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson's heart."-USA Today "Powerful . . . flawless . . . a perfect example of what a man and a woman will do for love, and what they can accomplish when it's meant to be."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Spectacular . . . an exhilarating epic about a free-spirited couple who traveled the world yet

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirsten Potter

Length:

17h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:05


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

14:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

08:35


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

12:17


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

17:19


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:17


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

03:36


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:28


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

06:46


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

04:25


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

15:39


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

11:19


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

21:10


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

06:23


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

22:17


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

11:22


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

17:06


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

17:19


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

14:33


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

06:03


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

07:42


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

19:24


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

06:40


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

14:46


Part 1, Chapter 25
Part 1, Chapter 25

13:49


Part 1, Chapter 26
Part 1, Chapter 26

14:09


Part 1, Chapter 27
Part 1, Chapter 27

10:04


Part 1, Chapter 28
Part 1, Chapter 28

11:31


Part 1, Chapter 29
Part 1, Chapter 29

13:09


Part 1, Chapter 30
Part 1, Chapter 30

15:10


Part 1, Chapter 31
Part 1, Chapter 31

15:53


Part 1, Chapter 32
Part 1, Chapter 32

11:00


Part 1, Chapter 33
Part 1, Chapter 33

08:23


Part 1, Chapter 34
Part 1, Chapter 34

05:44


Part 1, Chapter 35
Part 1, Chapter 35

14:25


Part 1, Chapter 36
Part 1, Chapter 36

22:52


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

23:13


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

12:00


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

14:57


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

11:26


Part 2, Chapter 41
Part 2, Chapter 41

20:56


Part 2, Chapter 42
Part 2, Chapter 42

07:24


Part 2, Chapter 43
Part 2, Chapter 43

17:21


Part 2, Chapter 44
Part 2, Chapter 44

06:57


Part 2, Chapter 45
Part 2, Chapter 45

22:38


Part 2, Chapter 46
Part 2, Chapter 46

13:52


Part 2, Chapter 47
Part 2, Chapter 47

07:45


Part 2, Chapter 48
Part 2, Chapter 48

08:34


Part 2, Chapter 49
Part 2, Chapter 49

09:08


Part 2, Chapter 50
Part 2, Chapter 50

04:08


Part 2, Chapter 51
Part 2, Chapter 51

05:30


Part 2, Chapter 52
Part 2, Chapter 52

13:28


Part 2, Chapter 53
Part 2, Chapter 53

09:28


Part 2, Chapter 54
Part 2, Chapter 54

04:01


Part 2, Chapter 55
Part 2, Chapter 55

06:31


Part 2, Chapter 56
Part 2, Chapter 56

12:37


Part 2, Chapter 57
Part 2, Chapter 57

09:11


Part 2, Chapter 58
Part 2, Chapter 58

20:05


Part 3, Chapter 59
Part 3, Chapter 59

11:48


Part 3, Chapter 60
Part 3, Chapter 60

18:37


Part 3, Chapter 61
Part 3, Chapter 61

03:11


Part 3, Chapter 62
Part 3, Chapter 62

07:49


Part 3, Chapter 63
Part 3, Chapter 63

08:33


Part 3, Chapter 64
Part 3, Chapter 64

21:23


Part 3, Chapter 65
Part 3, Chapter 65

07:58


Part 3, Chapter 66
Part 3, Chapter 66

07:18


Part 3, Chapter 67
Part 3, Chapter 67

11:38


Part 3, Chapter 68
Part 3, Chapter 68

08:58


Part 3, Chapter 69
Part 3, Chapter 69

15:04


Part 3, Chapter 70
Part 3, Chapter 70

06:43


Part 3, Chapter 71
Part 3, Chapter 71

12:39


Part 3, Chapter 72
Part 3, Chapter 72

08:43


Part 3, Chapter 73
Part 3, Chapter 73

06:47


Part 3, Chapter 74
Part 3, Chapter 74

12:15


Part 3, Chapter 75
Part 3, Chapter 75

16:14


Part 3, Chapter 76
Part 3, Chapter 76

17:08


Part 3, Chapter 77
Part 3, Chapter 77

05:45


Part 3, Chapter 78
Part 3, Chapter 78

02:22


Part 3, Chapter 79
Part 3, Chapter 79

06:38


Part 3, Chapter 80
Part 3, Chapter 80

12:51


Part 3, Chapter 81
Part 3, Chapter 81

17:26


Part 3, Chapter 82
Part 3, Chapter 82

11:36


Part 3, Chapter 83
Part 3, Chapter 83

04:56


Part 3, Chapter 84
Part 3, Chapter 84

06:35


Part 3, Chapter 85
Part 3, Chapter 85

07:07


Part 3, Chapter 86
Part 3, Chapter 86

08:16


Part 3, Chapter 87
Part 3, Chapter 87

08:03


Part 3, Chapter 88
Part 3, Chapter 88

14:38


Part 3, Chapter 89
Part 3, Chapter 89

04:49


Part 3, Chapter 90
Part 3, Chapter 90

09:02


Part 3, Chapter 91
Part 3, Chapter 91

01:36


Part 3, Chapter 92
Part 3, Chapter 92

00:26