Song for Eloise by Leigh Sauerwein


Song for Eloise by Leigh Sauerwein

At fifteen Eloise is married off to a man twice her age and taken to his forlorn castle in the mountains. Thomas, a trobar (troubadour), and his companion, a juggler known as Babel, make their way from village to village, from tavern to castle, singing and entertaining. While peasants work the fields, knights hunt and fight and joust, monks pray the hours of the day, and the seasons turn, Eloise and Thomas, separated as children, reunite. Ultimately freed from her marriage to Robert by his death, it is however too late for Eloise and Thomas - their love seems doomed as well in this tragic but realistic story of broken hearts.


'Through clear, descriptive prose, Sauerwein beautifully interweaves the history of the time into her spare tale of love and loss. Despite its brevity, the number of characters and perspectives make this a challenging read. This absorbing story is a fine choice for an interdisciplinary study of the time.'

'A superbly crafted tapestry of medieval heartbreak.'

'An incisive poetic writer, Sauerwein (The Way Home) populates this novel of 12th century France with dynamic, memorable characters that illuminate the setting without compromising their dimension or believability.'

About the Author

Leigh Sauerwein
Born May 9, 1944, in Charlotte, NC; daughter of Lucien Duhring Agniel and Elizabeth Harms; married Laurent Sauerwein (a teacher/artist), April 15, 1965; children: Julie, Olivia, David. Education: Attended George Washington University and Boston University. Politics: Democrat.
An American citizen living in France, Leigh Sauerwein writes in two languages, and has gained a following for both her French-language children's books and her novels published in the United States. In addition to penning original fiction, including the novel Song for Eloise and the short-story collection The Way Home, about settling the American West, Sauerwein has also adapted and translated the works of other European authors for American readers.

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144 pages
Interest Age: 12+


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Publication date

2nd October 2006



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