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Marian Evans—who writes under the pen name George Eliot—has come to Venice on her honeymoon. It is 1880 and she is newly married to John Cross, twenty years her junior. She has come to this city of canals and bridges to start again, to forget the death of her longtime partner, George Henry Lewes—with whom she shared twenty five years of happiness and art. In this new marriage, in this intensely romantic place, can she give herself the happy ...

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Overview

Marian Evans—who writes under the pen name George Eliot—has come to Venice on her honeymoon. It is 1880 and she is newly married to John Cross, twenty years her junior. She has come to this city of canals and bridges to start again, to forget the death of her longtime partner, George Henry Lewes—with whom she shared twenty five years of happiness and art. In this new marriage, in this intensely romantic place, can she give herself the happy ending that she provided for Middlemarch’s Dorothea Brooke?

A century later, sculptor Caroline Spingold takes us to Venice again. Scarred by her father’s abandonment just after she and her parents spent a summer in the city, Caroline vowed never to return. But now her powerful, wealthy older husband has brought her back against her will, to celebrate their tenth anniversary.

Told in alternating chapters subtly linked by themes of art, love, and the challenges of marriage, The World Before Her tells of two women, their surprising similarities, and the reckoning Venice will force them to make with their desire, their memories, and their very selves.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780618746576
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Weisgall has written extensively about the arts - painting, music, performance - for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Esquire, Connoisseur, and The New Yorker. She is the author of the novel, Still Point, and the family memoir, A Joyful Noise. Weisgall lives with her husband and daughter in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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    A GREAT READ!

    THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS YOU WISH WOULD NEVER END OR THAT THE SEQUEL WAS ALREADY WRITTEN! THE STORY REVOLVES AROUND TWO ARTISTIC WOMEN LIVING 100 YEARS APART. YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE STORIES TO KEEP TRACK OF THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS AND THE TIME FRAMES. ONE WOMAN IS A FAMOUS AUTHOR WHO WROTE UNDER THE NAME GEORGE ELIOT, THE OTHER WOMAN IS A SCULPTER OF FIGURES. THIS BOOK MAKES YOU CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR PAIN. MAINLY SET IN VENICE IT IS A WONDERFUL ESCAPE!

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