Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette


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William Morrow & Company
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5.47 X 7.98 X 1.09 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize. She recently retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.


"Sumptuous...gripping...beautifully poignant. If you read one book about Marie Antoinette, let it be Sena Jeter Naslund's."--USA Today
"ABUNDANCE is intelligent, beautifully written, and uncomfortably relevant, and Naslund makes her heroine convincing and even sympathetic."--Boston Globe
"Exceptional...A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time. 4 stars."--People
"A wealth of period details...even the most cynical reader will wish for a last-minute pardon."--Christian Science Monitor
"An enthralling work of fiction, one that captures the details of a family reign and a time period long gone."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"With skillful dialogue Naslund re-creates a time and place fresh and fearsome."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"An absorbing, detailed read."--Buffalo News
"Both a realistic and romantic novel (with) immediately engaging characters...offers a rich, panoramic depiction of an age."--Raleigh News & Observer
"Intensive historical inquiry enables Naslund to re-create Marie Antoinette's life with empathy and irresistibly piquant detail."--Seattle Times
"Naslund uses her words as if they were a camera to record life in late 18th century France."--Sunday Denver Post
"Intimate experiences and thoughts run beautifully rampant through the pages...[a] smart delicious lesson in history."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Fascinating...A richly detailed look at the doomed queen."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Lush with description and deep with historical detail...Marvelous."--Library Journal
"Opulent. . . . Recreates the glories of Versailles and the political malice that wafts through its many doorways."--Daily News
"Scrupulously researched and vividly presented . . . it's an irresistible story and Naslund handles its big moments with impressive assurance."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Enchanting...Opulent and fabulous, as encrusted with detail as one of Marie's shimmering dresses...a complete page turner. Grade: A"--Entertainment Weekly
"The portrait that emerges is sympathetic but realistic...Absorbing."--Columbus Dispatch
"Perceptive and literate."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"The novel is abundant, full of color and detail. . . . An engaging portrait of one of history's bright-colored butterflies."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Naslund recreates Marie so sympathetically that we can't help aching for the queen."--Washington Post
"Naslund mixes historical observation with delight and tension that makes it hard not to turn the page."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"Naslund's writing is rich with minute details that put the reader into the world of Versailles. A page-turner."--Birmingham News
"Hypnotically intimate...With vivid detail and exquisite narrative technique, Naslund exemplifies the best of historical fiction."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Readers of serious historical fiction will revel in it."--Booklist (starred review)