Thursday, April 14, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Woman is born free, and everywhere she is in corsets....
Lili du ChÂtelet yearns to know more about her mother, the brilliant French mathematician Emilie. But the shrouded details of Emilie's unconventional life — and her sudden death — are elusive. Caught between the confines of a convent upbringing and the intrigues of the Versailles court, Lili blossoms under the care of a Parisian salonniÈre as she absorbs the excitement of the Enlightenment, even as the scandalous shadow of her mother's past haunts her and puts her on her own path of self-discovery.
Laurel Corona's breathtaking new novel, set on the eve of the French Revolution, vividly illuminates the tensions of the times, and the dangerous dance between the need to conform and the desire to chart one's own destiny and journey of the heart.
Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona is a captivating book that follows the journey of Lili, a young girl in 18th century France. Lili, whose talented mother dies a few days after the girl is born, is raised by another remarkable woman who loves her like her own daughter. Lili's intellect, passion for life and kind spirit put her at odds with the social expectations of the times. Abandoned by her father, she yearns to find out the truth about her mother's life and seeks her own place in the world. Lili is faced with many obstacles but she is also fortunate to meet people who support her love of learning and her dreams.
Ms. Corona's book is an outstanding example of historical fiction, one of the best I've read lately. I was enthralled by the story and never wanted it to end. The places and people in Finding Emilie come alive with extraordinary vividness and imagination, making the reader almost a participant in the events. Although Lili's struggles and triumphs bear the mark of her era, her desire to control her own destiny and find happiness transcend her time. I highly recommend this excellent novel.
Finding Emilie was released this week by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.