Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

by |October 7, 2010

New York, 2010: Andi is a grieving teenage girl, dealing with her uncertain future.

Paris, 1789: Alexandrine is on a quest to save a young prince during the French Revolution.

When Andi stumbles across Alexandrine’s old journal in Paris, the two hundred years that set the girls apart begin to blur…

Andi lives in New York and is dealing with the emotional turmoil of her younger brother’s accidental death. Alex lives in Paris and is a maid to the royal family as the French Revolution rages. They’re both struggling with their responsibilities and their places in the world. When Andi is sent to Paris to get her out of the trouble she’s so easily enveloped by in New York, their two stories collide, and Andi finds a way to reconcile herself not only to her past but also to her future.

A wonderful and evocative portrait of lives torn apart by grief and mended by love.

Jennifer Donnelly lives near New York. Her first book, A Gathering Light, won the Carnegie Medal and was one of the first Richard and Judy books. Revolution is her second book for young adults. Her first was an astonishing and heartbreaking début, A Northern Light – the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age and the murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America.

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace’s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.

Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy , Jennifer Donnelly’s astonishing début novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.

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