The Exiles: A powerful story of hardship, redemption, freedom

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Allison & Busby, Aug 25, 2020 - Fiction - 384 pages
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'Christina's level of research into characters, place and time to tell a powerful story of suffering and survival in an historical fiction is masterful' Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

'Gorgeous' Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale

London, 1840. Evangeline has languished in Newgate prison for months, falsely accused of stealing her master's ring. Now beginning the long journey to Australia on a prison ship, she hopes for a new life for both her and her unborn child.

On board she befriends Hazel, sentenced to seven years' transport for theft, whose own path will cross with an orphaned indigenous girl. The governor of Tasmania has 'adopted' Mathinna, but the family treat her more as a curiosity than a child.

Amid hardships and cruelties, new life will take root in stolen soil and friendships will define lives, but only some will find their place on the other side of the world.

'Master storyteller Christina Baker Kline is at her best in this epic tale of Australia's complex history-a vivid and rewarding feat of both empathy and imagination. I loved this book' Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife

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User Review  - dara85 - LibraryThing

Evangeline becomes a governess in England. She is seduced by the lady of the house's stepson. She is then accused by the maid, Agnes of stealing a ruby ring. However; the ring was given to her by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

Christina Baker Kline, whose last novel was The Orphan Train, now turns her attention to the transport of British criminals to a penal colony in Australia. Evangeline Stubbs, a young and very na´ve ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Christina Baker Kline is the author of seven novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water, as well as Orphan Train Girl, a middle-grade adaptation of Orphan Train. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other publications. She lives in New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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