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The Flight of Gemma Hardy

A Novel

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The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a modern take on a classic story—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—that will fascinate readers of the Gothic original and fans of modern literary fiction alike, with its lyrical prose, robust characters, and abundant compassion. Set in early 1960s Scotland, this breakout novel from award-winning author Margot Livesey is a tale of determination and spirit that, like The Three Weissmanns of Westport and A Thousand Acres, spins an unforgettable new story from threads of our shared, still-living literary past.
“Gemma is real—it’s as simple as that. And through her eyes we see step by step what it means . . . to take possession of one’s own life.” —David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 10, 2011 – Inspired by Jane Eyre, Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) offers vibrant prose and a feisty heroine in her fascinating sixth novel, set in Scotland in the early 1960s. After 10-year-old Gemma Hardy’s parents die, she is taken in by a kind uncle, much to his wife’s dismay. When her uncle dies, the novel takes on shades of Cinderella as Gemma (who had been accepted by her cousins) is made into a scullery maid. Though her aunt attempts to break her down, Gemma works hard in school, earning a scholarship place at the Claypool boarding school. Again little more than a slave, Gemma learns how to survive among the working girls. When the school closes, Gemma takes a position in the Orkneys, where she will live at the estate of the mysterious Sinclair and look after his wild niece, Nell. She and Sinclair fall in love, but Sinclair has a secret that drives Gemma to change, as well as inspiring her to trace her Icelandic roots. Although guardian angels and kind strangers turn up like an army of deus ex machinas, these plot missteps don’t detract from Gemma’s self-possessed determination. Captivating and moving, this book is a wonderful addition to Livesey’s body of work.

Customer Reviews

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Engrossing story-- very magical. A little like "Sweet, Savage Love" meets Jane Austin.

Enjoyable read but...

Well written and enjoyable read but the plot is almost an complete imitation of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I was actually knew what was going to happen next based on having read Jane Eyre.

Loved, loved, loved!!!!

I've only read a couple novels in my life, so I don't know how my review would rate, but I LOVED this story!!! I never knew where the story was going to take me, it had quite a few shocking moments, and I loved that! And mostly, I loved how it ended!! A great read that I will probably read again.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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