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One of our Books of the Year 2014 Eponine tells the heart wrenching story of her own life of suffering and cruelty in this emotional roller coaster taken from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Brought up in poverty, from the youngest age possible Eponine has been sent out to steal and to lie and to cheat. But somehow, deep inside her, she knows there are better ways of living a life and higher human values to hold onto. Eponine’s encounters with Cosette and Marius unlock the best emotions in her. Can she change despite the great cost to herself? A spell-binding story about one girl’s search for inner peace. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A Piece of Passion from Publisher, Barry Cunningham Les Misérables literally takes your breath away. The passion and the peril in this massive story has inspired plays, TV shows, films and songs through the years. But sometimes it’s good to find the simple heart in the greatest works, which is exactly what Susan Fletcher does here with shy tragedy and hauntingly romantic beauty. It’s a simple, moving and brilliant retelling, showing what Victor Hugo himself said of his original novel – a progress from evil to good.
A Note from the Author, Susan Fletcher ‘A Little in Love is my first novel aiming to appeal to both adults and young adults. But Eponine's story contains many themes I've always been interested in as an adult fiction writer – identity, survival, solitude, the natural world, different forms of love and the brevity of life – all told by a feisty protagonist. To write of these themes – and of Eponine herself – for a wider readership was a sheer delight.'
"I can see stars through the smoke – too many to ever count, millions and millions. What are they thinking as they look down? Perhaps theyâ€Ÿre sad because Paris is burning. Because so many good people are dead. The stars … Theyâ€Ÿve always felt like my friends. Theyâ€Ÿre like tiny, shining faces Iâ€Ÿve known all my life. When Iâ€Ÿve been scared or canâ€Ÿt sleep, theyâ€Ÿve been there to keep me company. Iâ€Ÿve done so many bad things in my life but the stars always forgave me. I whisper to them now: “Can you hear me? Iâ€Ÿm so scared. Please donâ€Ÿt let it hurt so much …” But how can they stop me bleeding? No one can.â€Ÿ
Paris, 1832 – a street-girl lies alone, dying in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart. A letter which will right all the wrongs of a life too short and keep promises made in love and forgiveness.
Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly, it was a miserable time. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend.
Now grown up at sixteen, their paths have crossed once more and Eponine has a second chance. But what is the price of friendship and forgiveness – love?
Les Misérables, the original novel by Victor Hugo, is considered one of the greatest works of literature of the 19th Century. It has been made famous in countless narrative forms including the recent film adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, and 30 years of the theatrical production, during which time it has been seen by over 60 million people.
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Chicken House Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
PRAISE FOR SUSAN FLETCHER’S PREVIOUS NOVELS:
'The novel is both emotionally discomfiting and romantic; at times puzzling, it is profound, beautiful and redemptive. Oystercatchers is the work of a seriously talented young author in possession of one of the most poetic and original voices working now. If she can write at this level in her 20s, her potential is breathtaking.' The Guardian
'British readers looking for a local equivalent to Alice Munro won't have to look much further ... [Fletcher] is a highly talented writer and fully deserves the acclaim she has received – and the popularity that goes with it.' The Scotsman
'Her prose is extraordinarily lyrical: haunted, dreamlike and precise, reminiscent at times of Sylvia Plath ... Fletcher's words are undeniably beautiful and her themes are profound ... a haunting novel.' Sunday Times
'Fletcher is a powerful storyteller – full-blooded, a bit old-fashioned and with a knack of combining sensual narratives with a feel for ancient myth and natural landscape ... Delicious, briny writing.' Metro
'Susan Fletcher's prose shimmers like light on water, and she's equally adept at charting the emotions of her memorable characters ... Old resentments are revisited, dark secrets are revealed, while barricaded, shut-away hearts let in the possibility of love.'
Susan Fletcher was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and lives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her first novel, Eve Green won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and Author's Club Best First Novel Award. Her second novel Oystercatchers was published in 2007 to great acclaim. Author photo © Graeme CornesMore About Susan Fletcher