Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780385302302, 640pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 1991
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her "New York Times" bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach an outlander in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels
Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading. "San Francisco Chronicle"," " on "Outlander"
History comes deliciously alive on the page. New York "Daily News"," "on" Outlander"
Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves. "The Arizona Republic"," "on" Dragonfly in Amber"
Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer. "Publishers Weekly"," "on "Voyager"
Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail. "The Cincinnati Post"," "on "Drums of Autumn"
A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries]. CNN, on "The Fiery Cross"
The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. "Booklist"," " on "A Breath of Snow and Ashes"
Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect. "People"," "on" Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
"Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland."—Publishers Weekly
"Stunning!"—Los Angeles Daily News
"It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun ...marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex ...perfect escape reading!"—San Francisco Chronicle