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The Honeymoon

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The Honeymoon

Dinitia Smith’s novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man 20 years her junior. When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of 26 years. Eliot was bereft: left at the age of 60 to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal and the prospect of loneliness. In her youth, Mary Ann Evans --- who would later be known as George Eliot --- was a country girl, considered too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood.

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The Honeymoon
by Dinitia Smith

  • Publication Date: November 14, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press
  • ISBN-10: 1590518888
  • ISBN-13: 9781590518885


Ellen from Appleton, WI
Lee from Norton, MA
Tess from Prior Lake, MN