In Meg Rosoffs fourth novel, a young woman in 1850s rural England runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. Pell is from a poor preacher's family and has watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.
She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell's feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it.
Rosoff's magical voice and her novel's ethereal setting will thrill her passionate longtime fans and garner her new ones.
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"[A] simple but satisfying story." - Publishers Weekly
"Fragmented and overloaded with coincidences, but emotionally engaging, treading the line between YA and adult fiction." - Kirkus Reviews
"Rosoff's first adult title is as finally crafted as her Printz Award-winning How I Live Now." - School Library Journal (Adult Books for High School Students)
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston in 1956, second of four sisters, grew up
in the Boston suburbs, went to ordinary suburban schools for most of her youth,
and was rejected from Princeton in 1974 and went to Harvard instead.
After three years she applied to art school in London, was accepted for a year studying sculpture, packed a bag and got on a plane. She stayed in a bed and breakfast in Knightsbridge until she found a room in a flat in Camden Town, with an architect who later became her boyfriend.
Eventually she returned to the US to finish her degree, moved to New York City, spent ten short years working in publishing and advertising, and then one day quit her job, told all her friends I was going back to London for three months, and has been there ever since.
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