The Linnet Bird (Paperback)

A Novel

By Linda Holeman

Broadway Books, 9781400097401, 432pp.

Publication Date: January 24, 2006

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In the claustrophobic, mannered world of British India, Linny Ingram seems the perfect society wife: pretty, gracious, subservient. But appearances can be deceptive. Linny Ingram was born Linny Gow, an orphan raised in the gray slums of Liverpool. Sold into prostitution by her stepfather when she was only eleven, Linny clung to the belief that she was meant for something more, something better, than life on the cold, dangerous streets.

A stroke of luck granted Linny the chance to re-create herself as a proper middle-class young lady, allowing her to join “the fishing fleet”—young women of good birth who sailed to India in search of husbands. India, with its exotic colors, sights, and smells, is a world away from the cold back alleys of Linny’s childhood. But even there, she is haunted by her past, and by the constant threat of discovery. Soon she finds that respectability and marriage bring a new kind of imprisonment. But having come so far, Linny is not about to surrender easily. In the lush tropics of India she finds not only the means of rebellion . . . she finds that she may be capable of feeling love and freedom after all.

About the Author

Linda Holeman has been a writer-in-residence, editor, and teacher of creative writing. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

Praise For The Linnet Bird: A Novel

“Spellbinding . . . The Linnet Bird is a highly satisfying story of the triumph of will over circumstances.” —Orlando Sentinel

“A once-in-a-lifetime read. Holeman is a master of dramatic tension and of seducing a reader’s attention.” —The Toronto Globe and Mail