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StatusChecked Out
LocationMarshall District
TitleThe exiles : a novel / Christina Baker Kline.
AuthorKline, Christina Baker, 1964- author.
CollectionAdult New Arrivals
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FIC KLI Due on 11/1/2020  

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9780062356345
International Standard Book Number 0062356348
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 813/.54
Personal Name Kline, Christina Baker, 1964- author.
Title Statement The exiles : a novel / Christina Baker Kline.
Edition Statement First edition.
Imprint New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.
Physical Description 371 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Summary, Etc. Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naìˆve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to "the land beyond the seas," Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea , Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel -- a skilled midwife and herbalist -- is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors. Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen's Land. In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women Australia Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Midwives Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Life change events Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Female friendship Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Exile (Punishment) Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Governesses Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Penal colonies Australia Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term Australia History 19th century Fiction.
Index Term-Genre/Form Historical fiction