This big, bold, and ambitious novel tells the story of a group of artists—playwrights, potters, puppeteers, and writers—in the last years of the 19th century and leading up to the onset of the First World War. At the center is Olive Wellwood, a writer of fairy stories, her large family, and a close-knit group of Fabians (a progressive British political movement that laid the foundation of today’s Labour Party) and their children. The two families share parties, vacations, artistic workshops, and trips abroad, oblivious of the dark political clouds that will so dramatically change everything. This is a rich historical novel of ideas and aesthetics, showcasing a fascinating and too-little-explored period.
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