Savage Lands

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Random House, 2011 - Historical fiction - 376 pages
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Praised by Hilary Mantel, Amanda Foreman, and the "New York Times Book Review "for her "verve and intelligence . . . [and] the originality of her imagination," Clare Clark has become a rising star in historical fiction. Elisabeth is among twenty-three girls who set sail from France for the new colony of Louisiana to be married to strangers. Although she has little hope for happiness in her new life, she finds herself passionately in love with her new husband, Jean-Claude, a charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious soldier. But betrayal is as much a part of the new world as the old, and when Elisabeth finds herself deceived by her husband she also finds herself bound to a poor cabin boy in a way she never anticipated. Clark creates a world that is both incredibly real and incredibly dazzling. And with the same compelling prose and vividly realized characters that won her widespread acclaim for "The Great Stink" and "The Nature of Monsters," she takes us deep into the heart of colonial French Louisiana.

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User Review  - alisonb60 - LibraryThing

I found this story heavy going, lots of descriptions but there seemed to be holes in the story somehow. I had lots of questions that were not answered. I got to page 250 and gave up, only reading the ... Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Savage Lands is the story of Elisabeth Savaret, a young girl who, in 1704, is sent from France to become a bride of a colonist in the new French colony of Louisiana. Based on actual fact, these girls ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Clare Clark is the author of three highly acclaimed historical novels: The Great Stink, Savage Lands (both longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Nature of Monsters and Beautiful Lies. Born in 1967, she graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a double first in History, and now lives in London with her husband and two children.

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