Acclaimed author Sheila Kohler's sweeping historical novel, Bluebird, or the Invention of Happiness, is based on the life of Lucy Dillon, an eighteenth-century French aristocrat. Wrenched from the court of Marie Antoinette by the Reign of Terror, the brave and resilient Lucy escapes with her family to the freedom and hardships of a newly independent America where, on a dairy farm in the Hudson Valley, she discovers a new life-and her true self.
""A beautiful, authentic, intelligent, and page-turning story...a feast for the senses."" -- Amy Tan ""Elegant...exquisite."" -- Time Out New York """"Sheila Kohler brings her courageous and resourceful heroine vividly to life in a stirring story of revolutionary times."" -J. M. Coetzee ""Enchanting...Kohler's elegant, clearly written prose conjures a heroine whose enthusiasm for life and learning is infectious, and whose disarming manner is immensely appealing."" -Booklist ""A radiant, sweeping book...marvelously readable."" -Elizabeth Strout ""Bluebird is a page-turner saga."" -Edmund White ""Sheila Kohler hitches her sensory-rich prose to a really good story: that of Lucy Dillon, an aristocrat (based on a real person) in Marie Antoinette's court."" -More magazine