Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Paperback)

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Once again, as she did in Loving Frank, Nancy Horan writes a compelling story of love, marriage, and adventure. This book is the fascinating account of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, his passion for writing, and his obsessive love for the older woman Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Their life together has many twists due to his ill health and Fanny's determination to keep him alive---and writing. They literally roamed the world, always seeking the perfect climate for "Louis" to have a chance to write the stories that spilled from his mind, stories the world will long remember.
After reading this delightful book, the reader will surely revisit with new appreciation some of Stevenson's classics, such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You are in for a treat!

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

February 2014 Indie Next List


“Just as she did in Loving Frank, Horan brings to life the story of a strong woman and a talented man -- in this case Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson was not a strong man physically, which meant the couple spent much of their married life chasing climates and locations in an attempt to give him a chance at life as a writer. Fannie gives up her personal ambitions as an artist and writer to be Stevenson's caregiver, but at what cost? This multifaceted book demonstrates all the twists and turns of life -- love and loyalty, wealth and poverty, privilege and survival, success and disappointment, darkness and joy. Readers will want to revisit the works of Stevenson with new eyes after reading Horan's wonderful book.”
— Beverly Baur, Redbery Books, Cable, WI

About the Author


Nancy Horan, a former journalist and longtime resident of Oak Park, Illinois, now lives and writes on an island in Puget Sound.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345516541
ISBN-10: 0345516540
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Pages: 496
Language: English