In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson embarked on one of the most romantic, ill-advised but wildly successful quests a literary figure has ever made. Young, unknown, and in failing health, he journeys six-thousand arduous miles to make Fanny Osbourne his wife, despite the fact that she is already married (unhappily), has children, and is ten years older than he. And yet, from their first meeting, he knew instantly she was the only woman for him.
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About the Author
To research the novel Mark walked the whalebone-studded sidewalks of Monterey, hiked the Carmel Valley where Stevenson collapsed, combed the Calistoga mine-site where the couple honeymooned, studied letters and scrapbooks, stayed in the family’s home in Edinburgh and in the Highlands cottage where TREASURE ISLAND was penned. Mark wrote parts of STEVENSON’S TREASURE at residencies awarded by the Vermont Studio Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency, and as Artist-in-Residence at the New York Mills Cultural Center.
Currently, Mark is at work on a novel about another famous but eccentric writer and the love of his life. Speaking of which, Mark and his wife live in northern California where they have raised three wonderful children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The characters in this delightful and unusual book are so real, so individual and three-dimensional, that they seem to walk right off the page. Louis and Fanny, the brilliant but eccentric couple, are extraordinarily well realized, but so are the others: Fanny's children, Louis's parents, their bohemian friends, and even the minor characters. Wiederanders's descriptions of places are also vivid and evocative, especially in the scenes set in California. The reader is in good hands with this author, who writes with clarity and a subtle wit. He bases his story on solid research, and tells it with a full measure of both humor and compassion. I'll be looking forward to more from him.