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The Exiles: A Novel

by Christina Baker Kline

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Set largely in the early 1840s in London and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land, then), The Exiles traces the stories of Evangeline Stokes, an orphan from a small village who comes to London to work as a governess and is seduced by the family's son; Mathinna, a Palawa girl who is adopted/kidnapped by the British Governor's family and taken from Flinders to Van Diemen's Land; and Hazel, a teenager from Glasgow who is arrested for thievery and sentenced to transport. Evangeline and Hazel meet on the transport ship from England to Australia, and Hazel encounters Mathinna when Hazel works at the Governor's house as a conscript maid.

Each young woman has a compelling story; each is largely powerless, trapped in an unjust system, punished far beyond their crimes. Conditions in Newgate prison, the transport ship (a repurposed slaving ship), and the Cascades prison in Tasmania are inhumane: extreme heat and cold, poor sanitation and nutrition (creating the perfect conditions for disease to spread), and no protection from violence by the people in charge.

Nevertheless, at least one story of the three has a happy ending.

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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives—two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl — in untamed nineteenth-century Australia.
amazon ca :Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel—a skilled midwife and herbalist—is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.

In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.
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