Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

Scottish novelist, poet and traveller Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). He was born in Edinburgh, and after considering professions in law and engineering, he pursued his interest in writing. A prolific literary career ensued, which flourished until his death in Samoa in 1894. Among his most famous works are "Kidnapped," "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde."  - (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Scottish novelist, poet and traveller Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). He was born in Edinburgh, and after considering professions in law and engineering, he pursued his interest in writing. A prolific literary career ensued, which flourished until his death in Samoa in 1894. Among his most famous works are "Kidnapped," "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde."

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

The author of “Loving Frank” has turned the life of Robert Louis Stevenson into a work of historical fiction. The unexpected love affair that saved Stevenson’s life.

Nancy Horan's novels shed light on those often ignored by history: the wives of famous men. In her latest work, Horan recounts the improbable love affair between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Osbourne. On their own, these two characters fascinate and entertain. Together, they demonstrate a deep and complicated love challenged by convention, geography and illness.

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Nancy Horan

author of "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" and "Loving Frank," a novel based on the life of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Excerpted from "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan. Copyright © 2014 by Nancy Drew Horan. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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