The Flight of Gemma Hardy
PR9199.3.L563 F58 2012
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In the tradition of Jane Eyre, Gemma Hardy is a strong-willed, determined orphan living in Scotland who endures the kinds of trials only orphans in literature can endure before growing into the young lady that we would all love to be.
Livesey explores many of the tropes of this type of tale, but includes surprising detours, including Gemma's exploration of her heritage in Iceland, a kindly lesbian couple who show her kindness andrefuge at a particularly low moment in her life, and a development of her character that goes far beyond the genre and into a more realistic growth. Beautiful written as well.
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