The Twelve Rooms Of The Nile

by Enid Shomer

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

Paperback, 449 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $16 | purchase


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Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meet on a mid-19-century journey up the Nile and become unlikely soul mates.

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Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert both toured Egypt in 1850. Although there is no historical record of their meeting, they become unlikely soul mates in Enid Shomer's tender and marvelously imagined debut novel. As the book opens, both Nightingale and Flaubert are in their late 20s and consider themselves failures. Flaubert's friends have advised him to burn his most recent attempt at a novel. Nightingale longs to serve the world but doesn't know how and fears disgracing her family.

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