A compelling portrayal of a fascinating figure in American history and her relationship with the flawed father she adored, from the bestselling author of Katherine.
Anya Seton was born in New York City and grew up on her father's large estate in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, where visiting Indians taught her Indian dancing and woodcraft. One Sioux chief called her Anutika, which means 'cloud grey eyes', a name which the family shortened to Anya. She was educated by governesses, and then travelled abroad, first to England, then to France where she hoped to become a doctor. She studied for a while at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Paris before marrying at eighteen and having three children. She began writing in 1938 with a short story sold to a newspaper syndicate and the first of her novels was published in 1941. She died in 1990.
Anya Seton's portraits of Aaron and Theodosia Burr alike are vivid
and credible . . . The narrative is well sustained, and provides as
background an entertaining account of the manners, the ways of
living and traveling and entertaining followed during the early
years of the nineteenth century * New York Times *
Miss Seton's enthusiasm for both character and period is infectious * Daily Telegraph *
Anya Seton takes us into other worlds, making us live for a few hours on a grand scale * Women's Journal *
Perhaps the greatest gifts Anya Seton brings to her historical novels are the zest of her narrative, the life she breathes into the most insignificant characters, and the atmosphere of the era she evokes around them * Books and Bookmen *
Wonderful historical novels -- Alison Weir