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The exiles : a novel, Christina Baker Kline

Label
The exiles : a novel
Title
The exiles
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Christina Baker Kline
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to "the land beyond the seas," Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea , Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel -- a skilled midwife and herbalist -- is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors. Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen's Land. In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom
Cataloging source
MDK
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1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kline, Christina Baker
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Australia
  • Women
  • Female friendship
  • Governesses
  • Life changing events
  • Midwives
Label
The exiles : a novel, Christina Baker Kline
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1183029346
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9780062356345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1183029346
Label
The exiles : a novel, Christina Baker Kline
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1183029346
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9780062356345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1183029346

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