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All in the family

In her latest historical fiction, bestselling author Sandra Gulland writes what life would have been like for Napoleon’s stepdaughter


The Game of Hope

Sandra Gulland

Penguin Teen, Ages 12+

IN SANDRA GULLAND’S NEW YA novel, the titular game involves a fortune-telling card deck similar to tarot or lotería. It’s a perfect narrative frame for the novel’s protagonist, Hortense de Beauharnais, whose new stepfather just happens to be Napoleon Bonaparte. Hortense (a real historical figure) has recently lost her father, guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and her world is a turbulent one, as unpredictable as the flip of a card.

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