The Lost Prince: A Novel

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The Lost Prince can stand independently of The Little Book … but why deprive yourself of the pleasures of reading both?” —Booklist

Recently returned from fin de siècle Vienna, where she tragically lost the first great love of her life, Eleanor Burden settles into her expected place in Boston society, marries a suitable husband, and waits for life to come to her. Eleanor’s story is not unlike that of the other young women she grew up with in 1890’s Boston, except for one ...

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Overview

The Lost Prince can stand independently of The Little Book … but why deprive yourself of the pleasures of reading both?” —Booklist

Recently returned from fin de siècle Vienna, where she tragically lost the first great love of her life, Eleanor Burden settles into her expected place in Boston society, marries a suitable husband, and waits for life to come to her. Eleanor’s story is not unlike that of the other young women she grew up with in 1890’s Boston, except for one difference: Eleanor believes herself to have advance knowledge of every major historical event to come in her lifetime. But soon Eleanor’s script of events begins to unravel, and she must find the courage of her deepest convictions, discover the difference between predetermination and free will, find faith in her own sanity, and decide whether she will allow history to unfold come what may — or use her extraordinary gifts to bend history and deliver the life she is meant to have.

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What People Are Saying

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Praise for Selden Edwards and The Lost Prince:

“Brilliant. Selden Edwards is a writer of great intellect and wit, and his books are a joy to read. I love The Lost Prince. The Little Book made such an impression on me; The Lost Prince is even better.”
-Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“I loved Selden Edwards’s first novel The Little Book and told everyone I knew about it. I just read his second novel The Lost Prince and think that Mr. Edwards has written his finest work so far. Once again, Selden Edwards demonstrates his mastery in blending together philosophy and art with the help of wonderful characters you fall in love with. The Lost Prince is a terrific second novel.”
-Pat Conroy

The Lost Prince can stand independently of The Little Book… but why deprive yourself of the pleasures of reading both?”
Booklist

"A powerful, intense, and fascinating read."
Kirkus (starred review)

“Edwards’s bird’s-eye view of the details of this momentous age makes this companion piece as much fun as his debut.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Little Book:

Back to the Future for the intellectual set.”
Entertainment Weekly

“There's nothing small about Selden Edwards' debut novel, The Little Book — not its scale, ambitions or back story.”
USA Today
“A soaring thing of joy whose only purpose — and I mean this as a compliment — is to delight and entertain.”
Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“Selden Edwards's impressive debut novel is richly-inventive, woven tightly with incident, and fully engaging. It is also superbly humane and readable.”
–Richard Ford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142196793
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 604,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Selden Edwards is a former English teacher and headmaster. A graduate of Princeton, he has served as secretary of his class for more than forty years. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

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    4.5 Stars 'The Lost Prince' is an imaginative and thought provo

    4.5 Stars

    'The Lost Prince' is an imaginative and thought provoking novel that tells the story of Eleanor Burden as she returns to her rightful place in Boston's high society, takes a husband, and waits for life to happen. She isn't that different from most other women of her time, except that Eleanor believes she has knowledge of every major historical event that will happen during her lifetime. How does one begin to explain this to others without sounding insane? As Eleanor's predictions start going awry, she is forced to face the forces of free will and predetermination, as well as believing in herself and the knowledge she possesses. The only question Eleanor must finally ask herself is if she will sit back and let history play out or will she use her gifts to change history?

    This was an incredible novel - unlike anything I've read before. There's another book before this one, The Little Book, but I was able to read this one without having read the first. The characters are realistic - especially Eleanor - who has her own strong personality along with flaws, strengths, and morals. I truly enjoyed getting to know Eleanor throughout the book - as a person as well as learning more about her amazing gifts. The setting was perfect for the novel and is described with such intricate details and vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was transported back into that era. The plot flowed effortlessly and had me hooked from the first page - and it didn't let up until the last sentence. It's definitely a book that will leave you thinking about a variety of issues - fate, predetermination, morals, free will, among others - long after you've finished. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so it's hard to talk about much more of the plot without giving away anything. Suffice it to say that this is one of the most intriguing and extraordinary novels I've ever read, and one that I highly recommend to fans of all genres - especially historical fiction, science fiction, and fans of time travel and fantasy.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Read "The Little Book" while you wait for this!

    I have read "The Little Book" several times now as I just love the story. If you like historical novels, "The Little Book" is a twist on that genre, as well as a new look at "time travel" books. While you wait for "The Lost Prince" to arrive, read (or re-read) "The Little Book."

    Edwards writes charmingly and shares historical fact with a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable story. The characters come across as formulaic in some instances, yet that is the veneer that covers the actual story within the story. "The Little Book" unfolds before your eyes. I won't spoil anything, yet will mention that you get to meet Freud, before he comes and adjective -- that exchange is fabulous, and one of my favorites in the book. Edwards portrays a seemingly cavalier male character while also providing us with independent, free-thinking women. His descriptions of the time periods bring them to life in a refreshing way that makes them a true part of the story.

    I can't wait to read "The Lost Prince" when it arrives on my nook. If it is half as good as "The Little Book," it will be great!

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