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Hardcover  ¿ The Exiles ePUB ✓ The author of theNew 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 AustraliaSeduced 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 landDuring 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 favorsThough Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for than , years, the British government in the s 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 LandIn 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


10 thoughts on “The Exiles

  1. Meg Clayton Meg Clayton says:

    What a treat to get an early read of this onewhen I have a minute, but loved loved loved


  2. Fiona Davis Fiona Davis says:

    The Exiles is truly a work for these times, about the abuse of power and how the voices of the less powerful will not be ignored Original, meticulously researched, and perfectly crafted One of the best books I ve r


  3. Linden Linden says:

    This novel highlights that the mid 19th century was not kind to women A na ve vicar s daughter is seduced by a wealthy cad, falsely accused of several crimes, and goes from the infamous Newgate prison, to her senten


  4. Amanda Ward Amanda Ward says:

    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this magnificent book It s a sweeping historical love story with women at its center just fantastic


  5. Cyndi Cyndi says:

    I was so excited to have received an advanced copy of this as Christina Baker Kline is one of my favorite authors Once again she has created a literary sensation Ive noticed that there is not a lot of contemporary his


  6. Bonnie Friedman Bonnie Friedman says:

    Christina Baker Kline is an incredible storyteller She knows how to make you forget the world you currently are in and carry you off into the lives of her characters I did not want this book to end It s compulsively re


  7. Anne Burt Anne Burt says:

    Such a powerful read I couldn t stop The women who narrate The Exiles are unforgettable characters and Christina Baker Kline has inhabited this world so fully with her lush prose Kline is a marvelous writer I knew almos


  8. Jo Dervan Jo Dervan says:

    This historical fiction book begins in 1840 in Tasmania when Mathinna, an Aboriginal child, was taken from her stepfather to live with the British Governor and his wife About the same time, Evangeline, a young governess


  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place mostly early 1840s and focusses on the transport of female convicts from England to Tasmania I knew about the transport of pris


  10. Kim McGee Kim McGee says:

    A naive governess in love is thrown into Newgate Prison for stealing an heirloom ring Pregnant and alone she is then sentenced and put on a convict ship bound for Australia The women who befriend her, the doctor who does h


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