Archive for November, 2014

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

November 20, 2014

There have been a number of terrific books in the last few years, including The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Euphoria by Lily King and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett that offer vivid and compelling stories of women who were in many ways ahead of their time. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is a wonderful addition to that list. It is based on the real life love story of Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They have a complicated and fascinating marriage and at the heart of the story is Fanny’s struggle to maintain her own identity, creativity and sanity while caring for her talented and chronically ill husband and constantly moving, from Europe to California to Samoa, in search of a healthy climate to keep him alive. Stevenson was an author I knew in name only and this book made me want to learn more about both of these fascinating people.

Available on Libby/Overdrive

Under the Wide and Starry Sky - ebook