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Written in my own heart's blood : a novel
ISBN:
9780385344432

9780553386882

9780752898506

9781101884249
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xv, 825 pages ; 25 cm.
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bk. 8.
Summary:
"In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood. 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland, or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself. Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other"-- Provided by publisher.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood .
 
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
 
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
 
Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.


Author Notes

Diana Gabaldon was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 11, 1952. She has a B.S. in zoology, a M.S. in marine biology, and a Ph.D. in quantitative behavioral ecology. She has worked as a university professor and has written freelance for various magazines and companies such as Walt Disney. She writes the Outlander series, which was adapted into a television series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Kirkus Review

Of haggis, gigged frogs and succubi: Continuing her Outlander series, Gabaldon (An Echo in the Bone, 2009, etc.) again pushes the boundaries of genre fiction.Sensitive readers new to the series will want to know that Gabaldons leads are fond of dropping f-bombs, sometimes even in the clinical sense: Damn you, neither one of us was making love to the otherwe were both fuckingyou!" Theyll also want to know that, as those characters cross time and space, theyre given to the basest treacheries as well as the profoundest loyalties, which may help explain the preceding quotation. The action now takes place across the water in revolutionary America, where Jamie Fraser, one-time Jacobite rebel, now commands 10 companies of Continental militia, when, he worriedly notes, hed never led a band of more than fifty. Lord John, his old Brit friend and sometime bugaboo, figures in the mischief, of course. There are twists aplenty, one of them Jamies Lazarus-like return from the great beyond to findwell, different domestic arrangements. Meanwhile, his child, having long since learned that its possible to enter a time vortex with a gemstone and come out safely in other eras, now has good reason to want to be not in the 20th century but back in the 18th, where, if things are just as complicated, she at least has trustworthy kin. Confused yet? With willingly suspended disbelief, it all makes sense in the end. Gabaldons themes are decidedly grown-up, as the in-joking chapter titles (Frottage, Frannies Frenulum) suggest, but the basic premise is a dash of juvenile fantasy, a jigger of historical fact and heaping helpings of counterfactuals. If youre a Gabaldon fan, the Scottish dialect, laid on with a spade, and all those naughty asides will be a familiar pleasure. If notwell, this overly long book isnt likely to make converts, at least not without several thousand pages of catch-up to figure out whos who, whos doing what, whos doing whom, and why.Gabaldon works a successful formula, with few surprises but plenty of devices. And yes, theres room for a sequelor 10. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The eighth installment in Gabaldon's ­best-selling Outlander series picks up the ­action in 1778 where things left off in Echo in the Bone (2009). Claire Fraser, currently living in Philadelphia, is shocked to discover that the reports of her husband Jamie's death are greatly exaggerated. Jamie is also in for a shock when he runs into his best friend, Lord John Grey, outside the city and learns that his wife is now Lady Grey. Lieutenant Lord William Ransome, Grey's stepson, is stunned to find out exactly who his real father is, and Jamie's nephew, Ian Murray, is unnerved by just how much he loves Quaker Rachel Hunter. Meanwhile, back in the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire's daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, are still desperately searching for their son, Jem, whose kidnapper actually has a different target in mind. With her Outlander series, Gabaldon displays the same flair Dorothy Dunnett demonstrated in her Lymond Chronicles for successfully juggling a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from time-travel adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.--Charles, John Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

As Gabaldon (An Echo in the Bone) returns to her "Outlander" time-travel series, Jamie and Claire are still caught up in the tumult of the American Revolution. Family complications enhance the narrative with plot strands coming together from the present as well as the 18th century. Narrator Davina Porter brings a delightful versatility to the book. Her warm, even wry tones and multiple accents can be amusing, putting this listener in mind of a British cottage redolent of lavender potpourri, a crackling fire, a cup of tea, and old family silver. Beginning- and end-of-CD announcements make the book easier to use for listeners with impaired sight. Verdict Recommended for readers of time-travel fiction and those already committed to this series; this is not a good entry point for newcomers to Gabaldon's complicated fiction as there are too many major and minor characters and too many situations with insufficient backstory to help the listener figure things out what's going on. ["It's another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner," read the review of the Delacorte hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/11/14.]-David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.