- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 21, 2014)
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.
“Maybe it goes without saying that it’s a hard thing to chase a book as successful as Loving Frank with a second novel. For one thing, you worry it was an accident the first time around. The good news is that it wasn’t (an accident), and Nancy Horan is back with another beautifully crafted story, and no signs of a sophomore slump.”—Pete Dexter, author of Paris Trout, winner of the National Book Award
“Fans of Loving Frank will adore this authentic, richly detailed, and utterly captivating new novel from Nancy Horan. Under the Wide and Starry Sky is a globe-spanning literary wonder—the perfect book for those who read fiction in search of the truth.”—Jamie Ford, author of Songs of Willow Frost
Nancy Horan is the author of Loving Frank. She is also a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She has two sons, and lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.
To learn more about Nancy and her work, visit her website, NancyHoran.com.
Nancy Horan’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, February 3rd: Books Without Any Pictures
Wednesday, February 5th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, February 7th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, February 10th: Luxury Reading
Monday, February 10th: Julz Reads
Tuesday, February 11th: Knowing the Difference
Wednesday, February 12th: Let Them Read Books
Thursday, February 13th: River City Reading
Friday, February 14th: Literally Jen
Monday, February 17th: Bibliophilia, Please
Monday, February 17th: Man of La Book
Tuesday, February 18th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, February 19th: Read. Write. Repeat.
Wednesday, February 19th: A Novel Review
Thursday, February 20th: BookNAround
Friday, February 21st: Read Lately
Friday, February 21st: Unabridged Chick
Monday, February 24th: Joyfully Retired
Tuesday, February 25th: Lit and Life
Wednesday, February 26th: Books and Movies
Thursday, February 27th: A Bookish Affair
Friday, February 28th: Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, March 5th: Col Reads