Finding Emilie ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Laurel Corona

Finding Emilie

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Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781439197677
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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 salonnièegrave;re 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.
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Ahead of her time

I do like a good historical fiction novel, and this one really fits the bill. It is based around the real life daughter of Emilie du Chatelet, Lili. She is a girl full of questions, who seems to have inhrited her mother's vigorous mind. Although the real Lili died before her second birthday, this story charts ficticious Lili's coming of age, her journey of self-discovery, at a time when women were accessories, and not intended to have their own thoughts and opinions. The novel comes across very well, and in a very convincing fashion. Also , really nicely done, a lot of ideas of the Enlightenment are brought the fore by scientists and philosophers speaking within the text which makes the ideas come alive in a way that no dry text book probably could. I thought it was very good indeed.
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