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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 naïve, 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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"British author Gregson bows in America with her fast-paced second novel, an absorbing international period drama concerning three young Englishwomen and a troubled boy journeying to India in the late 1920s. The eldest at 25, Viva Holloway is an orphan hoping to retrieve her lost parents' personal effects; she's paying her way by chaperoning three younger travelers. Rose Wetherby is going to India to be married; Victoria 'Tor' Sowerby is Rose's bridesmaid; and 16-year-old Guy Glover is returning home after getting expelled from school for stealing. Throughout, narrative shifts reveal the travelers' perspectives and fears: Viva is haunted by a childhood and family she barely remembers; Rose is growing increasingly nervous about how little she knows of her fianc; and Tor is eager, after a disappointing deb season in London, to find a husband of her own and avoid returning to England. Guy's strange behavior makes it clear he's unstable, and before long, he's assaulted a member of a powerful Indian family, setting off a frightening chain of events for both himself and Viva. Gregson's rich imagery, strong characters and gripping plot make this a resonant page-turner. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In the rich tradition of "The Jewel in the Crown" and "The Far Pavilions" comes this sweeping international bestseller from a major new talent that captures the lives of three young women on their way to a new life in India during the 1920s.

About the Author

Julia Gregson has worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent in the U.K., Australia, and the U.S. Her novel East of the Sun was a major bestseller in the U.K. and won the Romantic Novel of the Year Prize and the Le Prince Maurice Prize there.  Her short stories have been published in collections and magazines and read on the radio. She lives in Monmouthshire, England.

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Laurie Blum, July 5, 2009 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
The fact that I was privileged to visit India for almost a month last year has truly enhanced my reading & reviewing of Julia Gregson's "East of the Sun." I found this fictional historical novel, set in the intriging setting of 1926 Bombay (now Mumbai), during the era of Ghandi truly intelligent writing ... I could joyfully relate to some of the customs, foods, dress, & phrases! With the vivid descriptions, I "felt" like I was riding on the train, visiting the Indian cities from North to South, East to West. I am already looking forward to hosting my book review club this fall with Indian delicacies & drink, so readily available at local area restaurants.
This talented author offers readers a different perspective on the three English women who journeyed to India from England & made it their home in the 1920s and 30s. This book is her tribute to the many British Memsahibs who for a variety of reasons travelled to India and fell in love with the country and the people as I did. Do not miss - 5 stars!" Namaste`!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439101124
Author:
Gregson, Julia
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
India; Bombay; 1920s; Fishing Fleet; Husband Hunting; Raj; Ghandi; British Colonialism; British Occupation; Colonial India; Sahibs; Memsahibs; Tamarind Street; Rose; Tor; Viva; Guy Glover; Kaiser-i-Hind; Historical Romance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 608 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781439101124 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Gregson bows in America with her fast-paced second novel, an absorbing international period drama concerning three young Englishwomen and a troubled boy journeying to India in the late 1920s. The eldest at 25, Viva Holloway is an orphan hoping to retrieve her lost parents' personal effects; she's paying her way by chaperoning three younger travelers. Rose Wetherby is going to India to be married; Victoria 'Tor' Sowerby is Rose's bridesmaid; and 16-year-old Guy Glover is returning home after getting expelled from school for stealing. Throughout, narrative shifts reveal the travelers' perspectives and fears: Viva is haunted by a childhood and family she barely remembers; Rose is growing increasingly nervous about how little she knows of her fianc; and Tor is eager, after a disappointing deb season in London, to find a husband of her own and avoid returning to England. Guy's strange behavior makes it clear he's unstable, and before long, he's assaulted a member of a powerful Indian family, setting off a frightening chain of events for both himself and Viva. Gregson's rich imagery, strong characters and gripping plot make this a resonant page-turner. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the rich tradition of "The Jewel in the Crown" and "The Far Pavilions" comes this sweeping international bestseller from a major new talent that captures the lives of three young women on their way to a new life in India during the 1920s.
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