Acclaimed author Sheila Kohler’s sweeping historical novel, Bluebird, or the Invention of Happiness, is based on the life of Lucy Dillon, an eighteenth-century French aristocrat. Wrenched from the court of Marie Antoinette by the Reign of Terror, the brave and resilient Lucy escapes with her family to the freedom and hardships of a newly independent America where, on a dairy farm in the Hudson Valley, she discovers a new life-and her true self.
Sheila Kohler is the author of six previous novels, including Crossways, The Perfect Place, Cracks, and Children of Pithiviers (all available in Other Press editions). A native of South Africa, she makes her home in New York City and teaches… More about Sheila Kohler
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“A beautiful, authentic, intelligent, and page-turning story…a feast for the senses.” — Amy Tan “Elegant…exquisite.” — Time Out New York “”Sheila Kohler brings her courageous and resourceful heroine vividly to life in a stirring story of revolutionary times.” -J. M. Coetzee “Enchanting…Kohler’s elegant, clearly written prose conjures a heroine whose enthusiasm for life and learning is infectious, and whose disarming manner is immensely appealing.” –Booklist “A radiant, sweeping book…marvelously readable.” -Elizabeth Strout “Bluebird is a page-turner saga.” -Edmund White “Sheila Kohler hitches her sensory-rich prose to a really good story: that of Lucy Dillon, an aristocrat (based on a real person) in Marie Antoinette’s court.” –More magazine