At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.
I was completely taken with Berg’s rendition of George Sand’s life. Learning of this prolific authoress from from birth to death was intriguing.
Sand suffered many challenges in her life along with successes and disappointments. A woman craving love – to love and to be loved, we are introduced to her numerous lovers, the trials each brings, the suffering of their endings. Clearly a brilliant woman born into an oppressive time for females especially women with artistic and literary talent pursuits. Sand spawned from a turbulent past, burdened with a difficult present, yet always optimistic of a promising future. Despite her setbacks and letdowns she possesses a strength allowing her to forge ahead. Clearly a woman with an independent streak she lives life on her terms causing quite a stir among mainstream populace. A woman haunted by her turbulent upbringing, she searches for the elusive love hoping to complete her. A woman possessing great talent, a talent pulling her from the abyss of darkness of life and loves frustrations.
Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Tapestry of Fortunes, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, The Year of Pleasures, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award, and The Pull of the Moon was adapted into a play. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. She is a popular speaker at venues around the country, and her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a reading series designed to serve author, audience, and community. She divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.
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