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Wheeler Pub., 2003 - Fiction - 197 pages
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A New York Times Editor's Choice Fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette is traveling from Austria to France to meet her fiance, the mild, abstracted Louis. He will become the sixteenth Louis to reign in France, and Antoinette will be his queen, although neither shows a strong inclination toward power, politics, or the roles that they have been summoned to play. Antoinette is hemmed in by towering hairdos, the xenophobic suspicion of her subjects, the misogyny of her detractors, the larger-than-life figures of Mirabeau, Du Barry, and Robespierre, and the manifold twists and turns of the palace she calls home. Antoinette gives birth to four children, two of whom will outlive her; she falls in love; she dies at the guillotine. A meditation on time and the soul's true journey within it.

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Davis (The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf) offers a short but poignant meditation on the life of Marie Antoinette and the role of fate in our lives. Much has been written about that queen, but this novel ... Read full review

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Loved the technique of using a play as part of the narrative. This book shattered many of the notions I held about Marie Antoinette and was a fabulous read! Favorite line: "Yet why should it be sad ... Read full review


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Kathryn Davis is also the author of novels, "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf" & "Hell." The recipient of a Kafka Prize, she teaches at Skidmore College & lives with her husband & their daughter in Vermont.

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