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The first novel — never before published in the United States — by the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestsellers Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels.

Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin — two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry. As the novel unfolds — alternating between Ella's story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier — a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.

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"A rich and quirky Chinese puzzle of sorts....A modest work of some skill, told with a minimum of melodrama and some good local color." Kirkus Reviews

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"Chevalier's clunky first novel....[T]he heavy-handed plot...relies on jarring coincidences as it swerves unsteadily from past to present." Publishers Weekly

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"Where Chevalier shines is in her clean prose and her descriptions of rural French and Swiss life, then and now." Michael Harris, The Los Angeles Times

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"Tracy Chevalier's first novel is a triumph. Excellent." Time Out (London)

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"Such an achievement for a serious writer that you feel it deserves an award." The Independent (London)

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"A beautifully crafted story shot with vivid colors." The Times (London)

Synopsis:

Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her familys French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ellas story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.

Synopsis:

Never before published in the United States, this first novel is released by the critically acclaimed author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Falling Angels." Readers meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin--two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia.

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Crystal_Dark, August 16, 2013 (view all comments by Crystal_Dark)
This book was very interesting with a well developed plot and characters that kept me captivated until the very end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452284449
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Persecution
Subject:
Childlessness
Subject:
Midwives
Subject:
France, Southwest
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Cevennes mountains
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
III
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.72x5.02x.85 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Plume Books - English 9780452284449 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A rich and quirky Chinese puzzle of sorts....A modest work of some skill, told with a minimum of melodrama and some good local color."
"Review" by , "Chevalier's clunky first novel....[T]he heavy-handed plot...relies on jarring coincidences as it swerves unsteadily from past to present."
"Review" by , "Where Chevalier shines is in her clean prose and her descriptions of rural French and Swiss life, then and now."
"Review" by , "Tracy Chevalier's first novel is a triumph. Excellent."
"Review" by , "Such an achievement for a serious writer that you feel it deserves an award."
"Review" by , "A beautifully crafted story shot with vivid colors."
"Synopsis" by ,

Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her familys French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ellas story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.

"Synopsis" by , Never before published in the United States, this first novel is released by the critically acclaimed author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Falling Angels." Readers meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin--two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.
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