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The Little Balloonist

The Little Balloonist

(2006)
A novel by

 
A soaring love story set in Napoleonic France

This irresistible literary debut novel was inspired by the life of Sophie Blanchard, one of the first women to fly.In Paris, a young widow inherits her late husband's considerable debts, as well as his celebrated hydrogen balloon. Drawn by the allure of flight despite its dangers, Sophie takes to the skies with a boldness that wins her fame throughout the country. Along with her new celebrity, Sophie wins the love of two very different men: one, her faithful childhood friend Andre Giroux, and the other a brash young Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to be emperor of France.

Beautifully written and enriched with seven historical etchings, The Little Balloonist distills themes of love, freedom, and loyalty into a powerful tale that brings to mind bestselling historical fiction like Silk by Allessandro Baricco and I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn. BACKCOVER: "Exquisite and beautiful . . . It will break your heart and take your breath away."
- National Book Award - winning author Lily Tuck

"Delightful. . . . Glimpses of the history of primitive flight, tales of high romance and juicy anecdotes about Napoleon make this sweet novel soar. . . . Charming and smart - singularly high-spirited historical fiction."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Whimsical . . . as pretty and slight as its heroine."
- Publishers Weekly

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Little Balloonist
Author(s): Linda Donn
ISBN: 0-525-94928-3 / 978-0-525-94928-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Paperback Editions

November 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Little Balloonist
Author(s): Linda Donn
ISBN: 0-452-28773-1 / 978-0-452-28773-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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Kindle Editions

November 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Little Balloonist
Author(s): Linda Donn
Publisher: Plume
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