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The Exiles
The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of womens livestwo English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl in nineteenth-century Australia. Seduced by her employers son, Evangeline, a nave young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to the land beyond the seas, Van Diemens Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazela skilled midwife and herbalistis soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors. Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemens Land. In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.
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Readswithcoffee
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I never would have read this if not for #OverBookedClub. Thank you! Interesting period of history with characters that draw you in and make you care about them.

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I enjoyed this one so much! Great storytelling, compelling characters, set in Australia, what's not to love? #OverbookedClub I can't wait for our discussion.

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megnews
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A stark reminder of the hardships women and children have faced throughout history. #overbookedclub

SilversReviews Yes….such a good read!! 2w
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LitsyEvents
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repost for @sblbooks:

#OverbookedClub Is reading The Exiles in May. A few of you have already told me you want to read with us. If there's anyone else who wants to join us, comment on the post in sblbooks feed. We would love to have you.

original post: https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2403651

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#OverbookedClub Is reading The Exiles in May. A few of you have already told me you want to read with us. @megnews @thebookhippie @Kdgordon88 @melissajayne if there's anyone else who wants to join us, comment below. We would love to have you. @LitsyEvents
@Butterfinger @CoffeeNBooks @Readswithcoffee @BarbaraJean @katy4peas @julieclair @SamanthaMarie @Roary47 @Crazeedi @kspenmoll @catebutler

julieclair I am definitely in! It sounds like a great story. 3w
megnews I‘m an hour into the audio and enjoying it. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ll join in! 3w
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melissajayne @julieclair it is a great story 3w
Butterfinger Yes!!!! I found an audio version. 3w
Readswithcoffee I‘m in! As always, thanks for being inclusive. 3w
vlwelser I really want to do this but that date is bad for me. 3w
sblbooks @vlwelser you're welcome to answer the discussion questions the next day, lots of people do that. 3w
vlwelser In that case, definitely sign me up. I don't know why I thought this was live. 3w
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The Exiles is an emotional roller-coaster. Be prepared. You will feel joy one minute and then have your heart ripped out the next.
The story is well researched and the author weaves historical figures and fictional characters together effortlessly.

Highly recommend.

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Read the Exiles for a book club. I love historical fiction, do the depictions of life on a ship full of convicts being transported to Australia was very interesting. The details were so lurid, though, that I had trouble enjoying it. I read it very swiftly with a constant sense of dread

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canbku
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Can't wait to start this new book club title!

kremi Oh, it's one of my favorite books ever!!!! 2mo
canbku @kremi I binged a hundred pages last night! 2mo
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Captain Sir John Franklin‘s Lost Expedition to the Arctic- his great failure- was mentioned in ❄️ The Arctic Fury ❄️, an excellent book of intrepid, brave, resilient women.
In The Exiles, the Franklins are featured characters, now living in Australia.
In both, Mrs Franklin rules the roost!

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This book gives me #bookspinbingo for the month & also gave me my 50th book for the year. I liked this one a lot, the author does meticulous research for her books. The story of women convicts being brought from England to Australia for basically slave labor is something that Australia is only starting to recognize & come to grips with. It‘s always frustrating to read stories of how women were treated in the 1840s. Overall great & quick read

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Minibooktalks16
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Book 7 for 2021

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BookBosomed1
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Here are my historical fiction picks for #LMPBC #GroupJ

Let me know if you are interested in any of these choices. Thanks!

I realize that I have no idea how to tag additional books on Litsy. Tips?

Laughterhp You can add them to the comments by clicking the bookmark type tag in the comments. There is a bookmark and a spoiler mark and then you can look for the book. 7mo
Laughterhp I haven‘t read any of these and they all sound really good! My top choices would be The Exiles and The Engineer‘s Wife. 7mo
BookBosomed1 @Laughterhp That is helpful! Thank you. 7mo
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BookBosomed1 @Laughterhp I have heard that The Exiles is really good 7mo
kellyann28 I haven't ready any! I would go for The Book of Lost Names or The Forest of Vanishing Stars. I would happily read any of them! 😀 7mo
BookBosomed1 @kellyann28 I've never done LMPBC before so checking my understanding - do I pick one of these books based on ya'll's feedback and then I pass that along at the end of November or is there a different process? 7mo
kellyann28 Yes, the choice is entirely up to you though! So you'll read your book in November and then mail it to the next person that's on the address list that was sent to your email. You'll send to the same person each month until you get your original book back! 7mo
kellyann28 And also, in this we mark up the books: Make comments on our thoughts, underline, highlight, or whatever your heart desires 7mo
BookBosomed1 @kellyann28 got it. Thanks for the response! 7mo
kellyann28 Of course! I've done this for two or three years now so let me know if you have any other questions! 7mo
ncsufoxes I haven‘t read any of them & they all sound interesting 7mo
BookBosomed1 @kellyann28 @ncsufoxes @Laughterhp I am going to go with The Engineer‘s Wife. I want to learn about the Brooklyn Bridge! 😉 7mo
kellyann28 Sounds great! 7mo
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This book tells the stories of (1) women sentenced to harsh sentences for minor crimes in England and then put on a convict ship to the Australian continent and (2) an Aborigine girl who was adopted as a scientific experiment. Many sad events, but probably minor compared to all the evil things that occurred IRL. The main story took a very unexpected turn midway & I‘m still deciding how I felt about it. But definitely a pick. #letterE #litsyatoz

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Chosen as my next audiobook. I decided I needed to start focusing on my #litsyatoz challenge this year and needed the #letterE amongst many more. Actually just missing 9 letters of the alphabet. Not bad since I haven‘t been working on this challenge all year and suffered a multi-month reading slump. I hope I can make it. I‘ve succeeded 3 years in a row so far.

BookishMarginalia Yes, you can! 8mo
Texreader @BookishMarginalia 👍🏻🤗 8mo
Ruthiella Good luck! 👍 8mo
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Jess861
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This book is definitely a pick for me. A story about women being displaced due to the circumstances they were born into and how some prevailed while others didn't. A book full of strong women where you learn about the convict system and transport as well as medicine in the 1800s. I only wish Mathinna's story line tied in a bit more to the others.

#AnyWayYouReadathon #Readathon #Australia #Tasmania #Women

@kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl @Eggbeater

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Jess861
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Little guy's first day of school and our little miss is down for a nap....I'm off work this week so maybe I'll get some afternoon reading in! Still reading The Exiles and still really enjoying it. If I had more time for reading I guarantee I would've already finished it - just don't want to put this one down!

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Finally sweater weather - my favourite time to read outside. Taking advantage of a cool and cloudy evening for some backyard reading. Decided to read The Exiles next a few days ago and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm enjoying the writing and I don't really have an inclination as to where the story is heading (I love that).

#CurrentlyReading #SweaterWeather #ReadingAndBooze #VodkaSoda #LemonLime

Tamra Definitely sweater weather all of a sudden! 9mo
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KAYCEE1
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I just finished The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline. I really liked it and realized I have read and enjoyed 3 of her books now. 🤗

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Tamra
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I appreciated the honesty about the colonial foundation of Australia.

Cuilin Stacked this. I loved 10mo
Tamra @Cuilin I will have to try it - thank you for the suggestion. 😁 10mo
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NovelNancy
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Another historical novel by Christina Baker Kline coupled with strong feminist themes. It's clear the author did substantial research and it was interesting learning about the convicts sent to what is now Tasmania as well as the development of medicine in the 1800s. Through her descriptive writing I easily visualized the setting and characters. An enjoyable read.

Tamra I‘m listening to this one. 😊 10mo
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mdm139
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I spent all night reading this book and drained the lantern battery. I love historical fiction that shows you a bit of history that is often not taught in school.

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Bookwormjillk
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Compelling historical fiction about women sent as convicts to Australia. Recommend.

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sharread
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Oh I loved this novel. Historical story of different womans lives during a time when London exported criminals to Australia. These characters are beautifully written, along with each story interwoven perfectly to a awesome kick but feel good ending. This is one of those books you need to discuss in a group, loved it. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
SilversReviews Excellent…loved it too. 11mo
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lynneamch
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Highly recommend this complex and intriguing tale of 1840s #Australia: forced removal of the aboriginal people, female prisoners shipped from London, Governor Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane, The Tempest by #Shakespeare, orphans, midwives, herbalists, and Angel's Trumpet flower (one of mine pictured here). Christina Baker Kline is a go to author for me. #historicalfiction #histfic

DivineDiana Love your trumpet flower, and love your review! Stacked! 12mo
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LibrarianChels
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Known for her historic fiction novels The Orphan Train and A Piece of the World, Kline brings to life the stories of British convicts sentenced to Australia and a young Aboriginal girl in this quick read. I couldn't stop turning the pages to see if hope is restored for these exiles, or if they are destined to forever live brutal, unfair lives.

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Mesica25
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Really good. This is the first book I‘ve read about convicts shipped to present day Australia.

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AmyK1
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I really liked this. I knew almost nothing about Australia‘s history and the transport ships used to take convicts from England to Australia. Especially loved the Evangeline/Hazel storyline.

Crazeedi I got this book for gift. Cant wait to read 1y
AmyK1 @Crazeedi mine was a gift too. For Christmas from @wideeyedreader Hope you like it! 1y
Crazeedi @AmyK1 me too! 1y
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AmyK1
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“From within the depths of a restless dream, Evangeline heard a knocking.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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melissajayne
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Day 9 of #12booksof2020 I knew that Australia had been a penal colony but I had no idea of the displacement of the Aborigines. Interesting fact about Gov. Franklin is that he was the same person who went missing in the high Arctic & whose boats were found a little over 4 years ago. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hms-terror-found-1.3758400

Andrew65 Sounds good. 1y
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Reading my first book of 2021!

melissajayne I really enjoyed that one when I read it in November. 1y
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My family knows how to spoil me 😁❤️ I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I got to spend it with all my kids, eating lots of food and playing games. We haven‘t laughed that hard in awhile. It was a great day 😍

MsMelissa Excellent book haul 📚 1y
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A story about the British sending women to Australia. The women who weren‘t really criminals and the way they were treated.

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melissajayne
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Part 5 of 5 of my top #20of2020

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melissajayne
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4.25⭐️ I really quite liked the book. I liked the Evangeline and Hazel stories a little better than Mathinna‘s. I found it to be a fairly quick paced book and liked that the author used a little known aspect of the convict ships to drive the story. I definitely appreciate the research that the author put into the novel. #2020 #convictships #historicalfiction #fiction #bookstagram #bookreview #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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peaknit
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This book has been getting a lot of good press, and is a deal today!

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Junebug17
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Most of October was taken up by an 800+ page space odyssey, but I managed to get at least one spooky read in. My favorite this month was The Exiles!

#monthlywrapup #october2020

BayouGirl85 I am listening to Paolini's books right now. I am really enjoying it. 2y
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5☆ Hands down, this will be a favorite of mine from 2020 and will be seeking out other titles by Christina Baker Kline. Strong, memorable women with varing stories spun together beautifully.

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“Today, about 20 percent of Australians— a total of nearly five million people— are descended from transported British convicts.”

Well-researched historical content blended seamlessly with fiction, creating an engaging and powerful story that led me to look up more information about real events.

To read a great story while learning some history in the process is why historical fiction is my favorite genre!

SilversReviews FAB photo......FAB book!! 2y
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SilversReviews
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What a wonderful history lesson and beautifully written book.

Ms. Kline has done impeccable research and enlightened us about this time in history and had me looking up Mathinna, the prisons, and Hobart Town.

Another outstanding read you won‘t want to miss. 5/5

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y6yf87hz

@bakerkline

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GerardtheBookworm
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A moving piece of historical fiction. A governess, a midwife, and an aborgininal girl have their lives intertwined in an Australian penal colony that will forever shape them. From the author of Orphan Train comes a new book of female centric history

SilversReviews Excellent read. 2y
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CaitlinR
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The Exiles of the title are women transported to Van Diemen‘s Land (Australia) for offenses as minor as stealing a single silver spoon. The story is told primarily through the lives of four women, although some of the minor characters are well drawn. According to the author, a lot of research went into this work. Unfortunately, it doesn‘t show.

Baker Klein‘s earlier novel A Piece of the World is far better.

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SilversReviews
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Have you read this marvelous book?

Beautifully written with impeccable research.

You won‘t want to put it down.

And...look at that gorgeous cover.

FULL REVIEW ON OCTOBER 16.

Christina Baker Kline

Lsmoore43 I have a copy of this and am looking forward to reading it.
I look forward to your review.
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SilversReviews @Lsmoore43 ENJOY!! It is fabulous. 2y
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