East of the Sun: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 2, 2009 - Fiction - 608 pages
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From award winner Julia Gregson, author of Jasmine Nights, this sweeping international bestseller brilliantly captures the lives of three young women on their way to a new life in India during the 1920s.

As the Kaisar-I-Hind weighs anchor for Bombay in the autumn of 1928, its passengers ponder their fate in a distant land. They are part of the “Fishing Fleet”—the name given to the legions of English women who sail to India each year in search of husbands, heedless of the life that awaits them. The inexperienced chaperone Viva Holloway has been entrusted to watch over three unsettling charges. There’s Rose, as beautiful as she is na´ve, who plans to marry a cavalry officer she has met a mere handful of times. Her bridesmaid, Victoria, is hell-bent on losing her virginity en route before finding a husband of her own. And shadowing them all is the malevolent presence of a disturbed schoolboy named Guy Glover.

From the parties of the wealthy Bombay socialites to the poverty of Tamarind Street, from the sooty streets of London to the genteel conversation of the Bombay Yacht Club, East of the Sun takes us back to a world we hardly understand but yearn to know. This is a book that has it all: glorious detail, fascinating characters, and masterful storytelling.
 

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This was a book that I enjoyed reading. Not in a cannot put it down type of way but in a I really enjoy it everyone time I pick it up way. The story centers around three young woman on their way to ... Read full review

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

A nice juicy story that makes you want to read it all in one go, preferably sitting on a veranda if possible. One small point: the heroine is always just eating a mango for lunch, as if that's just ... Read full review

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Julia Gregson has worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent in the UK, Australia, and theáUS.áShe is the author of East of the Sun, which was a major bestseller in the UK and wonáthe Romantic Novel of the Year Prize and the Le Prince MauriceáPrize there, and Monsoon Summer.áHer short stories have been published in collections and magazines and read on the radio.áShe lives in Monmouthshire, Wales.

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