Under the Wide and Starry Sky

under wide and starry sky cover image Under the Wide and Starry Sky

by Nancy Horan
General Fiction
Ballantine Books
Hardcover, 496 pages

“Under the wide and starry sky, / Dig the grave and let me lie.” This book is Nancy Horan’s second novel about a famous creative genius and the woman who inspired him. In Loving Frank, which we (and our Book Group) liked very much, she gave us a fascinating glimpse into the passionate journey of Frank Lloyd Wright. This time, she captures the rich, complicated and deeply entwined lives of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny Osbourne. She probes how love and marriage can simultaneously offer inspiration and encumbrance. Under the Wide and Starry Sky is a richly imagined and compelling story of passionate love, laughter, pain and sacrifice. Because of Stevenson’s ill health and efforts to cope with it, the story takes us to settings far and wide. Beautifully written, this book blends carefully researched history with the novelist’s art. We loved this book!