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In her long awaited new novel, "Drums of Autumn," Diana Gabaldoncontinues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with theclassic "Outlander," and its bestselling sequels, "Dragonfly inAmber" and "Voyager."Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleakchoice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the riskychance of a new life in the New World--menaced by Claire's certain knowledge ofthe coming Revolution.Still, a highlander is born to risk--and so is a time-traveler. Theirdaughter, Brianna, is safe--they think--on the other side of a dangerousfuture; their lives are their own to venture as they will. With faith inthemselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiledScottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of theColony of North Carolina.Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatenedfrom without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie's aunt, JocastaMacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander's only true refuge: themountains. And here at last, with no challenge to their peace--save wildanimals, Indians, and the threat of starvation--the Frasers establish aprecarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even warcannot invade their mountain sanctuary.But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander. For Brianna too has an urgentquest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has nevermet, but to save them both from a future that only she can see.
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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels--Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood--as well as a collection of Outlander fiction, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

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Gabaldon has few rivals in writing exciting‘and hefty‘historical romances. The fourth in a series of linked sagas (Outlander; Dragonfly in Amber; Voyager), her new epic has a delicious premise. Claire Randall, the post-WWII bride of historian Frank Randall, steps through a skew in the Scottish stone circle Craigh na Dun and lands in Revolutionary America and the arms of Highlander Jamie Fraser‘putting a new spin on the notion of a two-timing woman. Bold and bawdy, but a believing Catholic, Claire struggles to live a rich and moral life‘or, rather, rich and moral lives‘under these extraordinary circumstances. Claire's adventures in 18th-century Charleston alternate with equally engaging chapters devoted to her 20th-century daughter, Brianna. Raised as Frank Randall's child, Bree discovers that Jamie Fraser is her real sire. She takes off on a harrowing, confrontational quest through time and space with her suitor, Roger Wakefield, in hot pursuit. Gabaldon's range is impressive, whether she's evoking the rawness of colonial America, the cozy clutter of a modern Scottish parsonage, the lusts of the body or the yearnings of the spirit. Her legion of fans will love diving into this ocean of romance. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates; author tour. (Jan.)

The author's best-selling time travel romance series (e.g., Dragonfly in Amber, LJ 7/92) continues as soulmates Jamie and Claire arrive in South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution.

The New York Times Bestseller A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club "Unforgettable characters...richly embroidered with historical detail...I just can't put it down."--Cincinnati Post "Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing."--Affaire de Coeur "Passionate...remarkable--a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling."--Arizona Republic "Wonderful....this is escapist historical fiction at its best."--San Antonio Express-News The New York Times Bestseller A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club "Unforgettable characters...richly embroidered with historical detail...I just can't put it down." Cincinnati Post "Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing." Affaire de Coeur "Passionate...remarkable a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling." Arizona Republic "Wonderful....this is escapist historical fiction at its best." San Antonio Express-News" "The New York Times" Bestseller A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club "Unforgettable characters...richly embroidered with historical detail...I just can't put it down." "Cincinnati Post" "Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing." "Affaire de Coeur" "Passionate...remarkable a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling." "Arizona Republic" "Wonderful....this is escapist historical fiction at its best." "San Antonio Express-News"" "The New York Times" Bestseller A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club "Unforgettable characters...richly embroidered with historical detail...I just can't put it down."--"Cincinnati Post" "Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing."--"Affaire de Coeur" "Passionate...remarkable--a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling."--"Arizona Republic" "Wonderful....this is escapist historical fiction at its best."--"San Antonio Express-News"

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