The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
Shomer, whose writing The New York Times has praised as “beautifully cadenced, and surprising in its imaginative reach,” brings to life the opulent tapestry of mid-nineteenth-century Egypt as the unlikely soul mates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes.
- Simon & Schuster |
- 480 pages |
- ISBN 9781451642971 |
- August 2013
Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert On the Nile River
Reading Group Guide
Before she became the nineteenth-century’s heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled up the Nile at the same time. In the imaginative leap taken by Enid Shomer’s The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, the two ignite a passionate friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies.
In 1850, both are at crossroads in their lives and burn with unfulfilled ambition. To her family’s chagrin, and in spite of her wealth, charm, and beauty, Florence is, at twenty-nine and of her own volition, well on her way to spinsterhood. She yearns to be of use in the world. Traumatized by the deaths of his father and sister, and plagued by mysterious seizures, Flaubert has dropped out of law school and commenced on a first novel, an effort promptly deemed unpublishable by his closest friends. At twenty-eight, he is an unproven writer with a failing body. In Enid Shomer’s deft hands, the two unlikely soul-ma see more