The Exiles PDF ↠ Hardcover

The Exiles PDF ↠ Hardcover The author of theNew York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women s lives in nineteenth century AustraliaSeduced by her employer s son, Evangeline, a na ve 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 landDuring 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 favorsThough Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for than , years, the British government in the s 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 LandIn 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 Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, Tin Ticket is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy

10 thoughts on “The Exiles

  1. Meg Clayton Meg Clayton says:

    What a treat to get an early read of this onewhen I have a minute, but loved loved loved

  2. Fiona Davis Fiona Davis says:

    The Exiles is truly a work for these times, about the abuse of power and how the voices of the less powerful will not be ignored Original, meticulously researched, and perfectly crafted One of the best books I ve read all year.

  3. Linden Linden says:

    This novel highlights that the mid 19th century was not kind to women A na ve vicar s daughter is seduced by a wealthy cad, falsely accused of several crimes, and goes from the infamous Newgate prison, to her sentence as a convict transported to Australia An aboriginal orphan amuses the wife of an Australian governor, and is taken into their home She s dressed up and shown off until she no l

  4. Amanda Ward Amanda Ward says:

    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this magnificent book It s a sweeping historical love story with women at its center just fantastic

  5. Cyndi Cyndi says:

    I was so excited to have received an advanced copy of this as Christina Baker Kline is one of my favorite authors Once again she has created a literary sensation Ive noticed that there is not a lot of contemporary historical fiction set in Australia, so I was thrilled to read about both the plight of prisoners exiled from England, as well as the aboriginal people Kline is an exquisite writer who paints

  6. Bonnie Friedman Bonnie Friedman says:

    Christina Baker Kline is an incredible storyteller She knows how to make you forget the world you currently are in and carry you off into the lives of her characters I did not want this book to end It s compulsively readable, but it s also somehow larger than itself the way certain soulful songs are That is, it s haunting it s quickly paced, it has stunning but not frilly language and it has sharp details, an

  7. Anne Burt Anne Burt says:

    Such a powerful read I couldn t stop The women who narrate The Exiles are unforgettable characters and Christina Baker Kline has inhabited this world so fully with her lush prose Kline is a marvelous writer I knew almost nothing about the history of women prisoners sent to Australia from Great Britain before The Exiles The book comes out in September, I was lucky to read it in advance of publication Definitely on m

  8. Jo Dervan Jo Dervan says:

    This historical fiction book begins in 1840 in Tasmania when Mathinna, an Aboriginal child, was taken from her stepfather to live with the British Governor and his wife About the same time, Evangeline, a young governess in London, was accused of stealing a ring that had been given to her by the adult son of her employer Evangeline reacted to the accusation by pushing another servant down the stairs So she was tried and s

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place mostly early 1840s and focusses on the transport of female convicts from England to Tasmania I knew about the transport of prisoners to North America and Australia in general, but not about the female population to Tasmania It was fascinating and heartbreaking to see women that were unjustly imprisoned, falsely accused, and excessive

  10. Kim McGee Kim McGee says:

    A naive governess in love is thrown into Newgate Prison for stealing an heirloom ring Pregnant and alone she is then sentenced and put on a convict ship bound for Australia The women who befriend her, the doctor who does his best and a crew member who has it in for her all shape her story Meanwhile, a young aboriginal girl is taken from her island home to live with the Governor and his wife as a social experiment The appalling lack

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