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Fast-paced and dynamic, this novel explores the subconscious mind of a shy high school senior whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived more than 200 years earlier. Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well-to-do community where she lives with her widowed mother and French-Canadian grandfather. Her passion for the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—which is partly fueled by her grandfathers tales of his French Acadian ancestors who were unjustly expelled from their home in Nova Scotia in 1775—leads her to immerse herself in the poets life and writing at the expense of her own personal life. When a young English teacher attempts to draw her out of her obsession through hypnosis, intimations of reincarnation and genetic memory are the unexpected results. This closely researched and deeply engrossing novel will thrill both loyal and newfound fans alike.

Anya Seton, whose many novels won her world-wide acclaim, wrote, for her last book, a fast-paced novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived over 200 years earlier.

            A shy high school senior, Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well-to-do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French-Canadian grandfather. Amys passion is for the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure. Her immersion in the poets life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfathers tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of “le grand dérangement,” when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia in 1775.

            Amy has steeped herself in the lore of the period, and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results. What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or, at least, genetic memory.

            Anya Setons many fans will not be disappointed in this closely researched and deeply engrossing novel--nor will readers new to her finely crafted historical fiction.

Synopsis:

Anya Seton, whose many novels won her world-wide acclaim, wrote, for her last book, a fast-paced novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived over 200 years earlier.

            A shy high school senior, Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well-to-do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French-Canadian grandfather. Amys passion is for the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure. Her immersion in the poets life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfathers tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of “le grand dérangement,” when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia in 1775.

            Amy has steeped herself in the lore of the period, and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results. What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or, at least, genetic memory.

            Anya Setons many fans will not be disappointed in this closely researched and deeply engrossing novel--nor will readers new to her finely crafted historical fiction.

About the Author

Anya Seton was the author of the bestselling historical novels Avalon, Devil Water, Dragonwyck, Foxfire, Green Darkness, The Hearth and Eagle, Katherine, My Theodosia, The Turquoise, and The Winthrop Woman.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569763476
Author:
Seton, Anya
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Historical - Canada - General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Canada General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rediscovered Classics
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.38 lb

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Anya Seton, whose many novels won her world-wide acclaim, wrote, for her last book, a fast-paced novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived over 200 years earlier.

            A shy high school senior, Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well-to-do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French-Canadian grandfather. Amys passion is for the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure. Her immersion in the poets life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfathers tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of “le grand dérangement,” when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia in 1775.

            Amy has steeped herself in the lore of the period, and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results. What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or, at least, genetic memory.

            Anya Setons many fans will not be disappointed in this closely researched and deeply engrossing novel--nor will readers new to her finely crafted historical fiction.

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