Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

June 28, 2009 at 3:27 am (Historical fiction) (, , , , )

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
Harper Perennial, 1st printing, 2007
542 pages
historical fiction

Synopsis & Review: 7 May 1770, and on a small island in the middle of the Rhine, the Archduchess Maria Antonia became Marie Antoinette, Dauphine de France. Abundance follows Marie Antoinette from that tiny island to Versailles, recording her inner dialog as she adapts to the customs of her new country, doing her best to convince the French that Austria has sent them an “angel.” She struggles for the approbation of the King and his court, and that of the Dauphin, and that of the people. After seven long years of balls, gowns, gambling, and diamonds, Marie Antoinette and Louis finally consummate their marriage and begin a family. However, the fiscal collapse of the state, predicted at the start of the century, is nearly complete by the time Louis and Marie assume the throne, and it is they who shall reap the whirlwind. click here to see how I liked Abundance


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