Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

starry skyAn epic historical fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson’s and his artistic, strongly  independent American wife Fanny. Their travels to find a place that provided the best climate for RLS’s physical condition from TB, their potent love story, their struggles to provide a secure living and their professional challenges are covered in a captivating book.

Like her husband, Fanny was also an artist, painting and writing but she often felt devalued by her husband's friends and sometimes by Robert himself. However, they were deeply in love and Fanny's determined care pulled him through again and again his bouts with consumption (TB).

The settings, from France and England to Scotland, Switzerland and finally Samoa to find the best climate for Robert are well detailed and the complex nature of Fanny and Robert’s personalities are beautifully portrayed.

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