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Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781491578117
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A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s

This major departure for bestseller Berg is for listeners of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.

George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. In an era of incredible artistic talent, Sand was the most famous female writer of her time. Her lovers and friends included Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more.

In a major departure, Elizabeth Berg has created a gorgeous novel about the life of George Sand, written in luminous prose, with exquisite insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enchanting novel about the real life of George Sand.”

    Us Weekly

  • “Exquisitely captivating…Sand’s story is so timely and modern in an era when gender and sexual roles are upended daily.”

    USA Today

  • “Absorbing…an armchair traveler’s delight…Berg rolls out the wonders of nineteenth-century Paris in cinematic bursts that capture its light, its street life, its people and sounds…The result is an illuminating portrait of a magnificent woman whose story is enriched by the delicate brush strokes of Berg’s colorful imagination.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Fantastic…a provocative and dazzling portrait…Berg tells a terrific story, while simultaneously exploring sexuality, art, and the difficult personal choices women artists in particular made—then and now—in order to succeed…The book, imagistic and perfectly paced, full of dialogue that clips along, is a reader’s dream.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Berg’s years-long immersion in the writings of and about Sand has resulted in a remarkable channeling of Sand’s voice that imagines the contradictory strands of her nature…[A] beautiful, imaginative re-creation of a brilliant, complicated writer, feminist, romantic, and activist.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Emily Sutton-Smith captures Sand’s amorous nature as well as her artistic genius. The listener gets a good sense of just how subversive Sand truly was in dressing as a man, smoking cigars, and having one love affair after another with an actress and a number of famous men. This novel also serves as a good overview of the Parisian artistic elite of the time…The story never becomes a mere cavalcade of artistic heavyweights, however. Berg’s poetic prose and Sutton-Smith’s strong performance ensure that it remains fascinating and emotionally involving listening. “


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An April 2015 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community.

About the Narrator

Emily Sutton-Smith has appeared in several films, including The Butterfly Effect 3 and Nevermore, as well as several television programs. As an audiobook narrator, she has read titles by Iris Johansen, Kendra Elliot, and Shéa MacLeod, among others, and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.