Farewell, My Queen
by Chantal Thomas is going to be re-released this summer with a movie-tie in cover to coincide with the limited theatrical release of the film based on the book. The new edition will be released on July 10th and is a paperback.
July 1789: at the eve of the revolution, occupants
of Versailles live in a miniature universe, unconcerned by the
increasing turmoil in Paris. But with the shocking news that someone has
woken the King in the night, order begins to disintegrate and word of
the fall of the Bastille seeps into court.
Laborde, the devoted reader for Marie Antoinette, refuses to leave her
queen’s side. She watches as the Queen’s attempts to flee are aborted;
her most intimate friend betrays her; and the King, appearing to
sleepwalk through this crisis, never alters his routine of visiting the
Apollo Salon several times a day to consult a giant crystal thermometer.
From the tiniest garret to the Hall of Mirrors, where Marie Antoinette
stands alone and terrified in the dark, Chantal Thomas creates an
intimate portrait of the woman who, like “fire in motion,” was at the
center of a world on the edge of oblivion.
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