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Image of Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel


Image of Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

In Horan’s highly anticipated novel, she proves that behind every great man there is an extraordinary woman. Few of Robert Louis Stevenson’s fans realize that he fell in love with a much older woman, scandalized society by marrying a divorcée and created his masterpieces with her help and dedication. Horan’s fictionalized biography enlightens readers and though the characters are a bit stiff, the romantic nature of their lives carries the book forward and casts a lovely spell.

Robert Louis Stevenson meets Fanny Osbourne in France, as he attempts to regain his health after battling TB. Older and married to a heartless philanderer, Fanny is enchanted by the struggling writer. Fanny realizes divorce is the only solution and returns to San Francisco. Robert decides to follow Fanny — so ill she fears he will die. Fanny cannot ignore Robert’s passion and adoration and decides to accept the scandal of divorce and marry the man she loves. They travel the world seeking a healthy climate where Robert can live and write in ease. Fanny manages Robert’s career while pursuing her own writing, and their love grows stronger as the years flow by. (BALLANTINE, Jan., 496 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin