The author of the 1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women s lives in nineteenth century Australia.Seduced by her employer s son, Evangeline, a na ve 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 little older than her former pupils 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 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 Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, Tin Ticket is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy. Best Read The Exiles: A Novel [ by ] Christina Baker Kline [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – tbjewellers.co.uk
A 1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes Noble Discover Award, among other prizes, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as One Book, One Read selections Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the NYT Book Review, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, Poets Writers, and Salon Born in England and raised in the American South and Maine, Kline is a graduate of Yale B.A , Cambridge M.A and the University of Virginia M.F.A , where she was a Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing A resident of New York City and Southwest Harbor, Maine, she serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Fiction NY , the Jesup Library Bar Harbor, ME , the Montclair Literary Festival NJ , the Kauai Writers Festival HI , and Roots Wings NJ , and on the gala committees of Poets Writers NY , The Authors Guild NY and Friends of Acadia ME She is an Artist Mentor for StudioDuke at Duke University and the BookEnds program at Stony Brook University.
- 384 pages
- The Exiles: A Novel
- Christina Baker Kline
- 23 November 2019 Christina Baker Kline