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The Exiles

by Christina Baker Kline

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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2020, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2021, 400 pages

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Such a nice, if somewhat predictable, story
While many people will feel THE EXILES is a five-star book and while I would have felt the same several years ago, my taste has evolved. I didn’t love it. I liked it, but I don’t have the heart to give it just three stars. It was such a nice, if somewhat predictable, story.

After Evangeline’s father dies, she becomes a governess in early 19th-century London. But after she has an affair with the adult son of the household, she ends up pregnant and in Newgate prison. From there, she is shipped with other prisoners to Australia.

On board, Evangeline meets Hazel, a midwife and herbalist. It is Hazel, not Evangeline, who plays the largest part in this story.

But this book is also about a third female, Mathinna. She is an Aboriginal child, taken on a whim to live among white people.

I read that this is to be made into a TV series. It is sure to make great TV.
Janet Ackenheil Thomas

Uninspired language
The characters could have been engrossing but the writing itself was so spare it just moved you faster to boring.
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