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The Exiles

Christina Baker Kline

Warwick’s, in partnership with Harper Collins, presents
Christina Baker Kline
with host John Searles and Special Guests

The Exiles

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

The Exiles
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 This is a ticketed event on Crowdcast. Buy your copy of The Exiles, with an autographed bookplate*, through our Eventbrite link for event access (*autographed bookplates are limited)

On Wednesday, July 7th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Christina Baker Kline as she discusses the new paperback edition of her book, The Exiles, with host John Searles and with special guests Elin Hilderbrand, Chris Bohjalian, Kristin Hannah, and Paula McLain. A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Orphan Train and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have been awarded the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other accolades, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as “One Book, One Read” selections. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the NYT Book Review, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, and Slate. Born in England and raised in the American South and Maine, she lives in New York City and on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

Books purchased through our Eventbrite link will include an autographed bookplate, while supplies last.
$16.99 + tax & fee: Includes one copy of The Exiles, with an autographed bookplate, held at Warwick's to be picked up at your convenience after the event.
$20.49 + tax & fee: Includes one copy of The Exiles, with an autographed bookplate, shipped to your home after the event (48 contiguous states only).

Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to "the land beyond the seas," Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel - a skilled midwife and herbalist - is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen's Land.

In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062356338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - July 6th, 2021