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The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
by Enid Shomer

Published: 2013-08-20
Paperback : 480 pages
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This “mesmerizing new work of historical fiction” (The Miami Herald) imagines the deep friendship of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert as they travel up the Nile.

Before she became the nineteenth century’s greatest heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, ...
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This “mesmerizing new work of historical fiction” (The Miami Herald) imagines the deep friendship of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert as they travel up the Nile.

Before she became the nineteenth century’s greatest heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled down the Nile at the same time in 1850. But where history would have these two figures float right by each other, the award-winning writer Enid Shomer brings them together to ignite a passionate friendship that alters both their destinies.

Shomer, whose writing The New York Times has praised as “beautifully cadenced, and surprising in its imaginative reach,” brings to life the opu­lent tapestry of mid-nineteenth-century Egypt as the unlikely soul mates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes.

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  "TheTwelve Rooms of the Nile"by jillybean52264 (see profile) 05/24/13

It sounded like an interesting idea: two famous historical figures, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meet while touring the Nile and have a "passionate affair". Except that it is more of a flirtatious... (read more)

 
  "Fantastic!!!"by Mrs.Wallen (see profile) 06/28/12

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