The Force of Such Beauty

The Force of Such Beauty

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After a failed attempt at escape, the princess of a tiny kingdom begins to reevaluate her life.

Caroline, a former marathon runner who dropped out of school at fourteen to pursue an Olympic medal, was the perfect candidate for a tiara: shapely, disciplined, accustomed to public attention, and utterly uneducated.

After she meets Finn, the handsome prince of a small European kingdom, her fate is sealed. With a collar of pearls locked around her throat and a rope of diamonds leashing her to a balcony, Caroline uses her once-powerful body to smile, wave, and produce children with perfect grace.

But once she begins to open her eyes to the world around her--and examine her own reflection--Caroline discovers that she may have entered a bargain that cannot be undone.

Barbara Bourland's stunning third novel is her most ambitious and most imaginative book to date. Inspired by accounts of real-life princesses who yearned to escape, and set in a grotesque and gaudy prerecession 2000s Europe, The Force of Such Beauty is a heart-wrenching and compulsively readable testament to the way in which real-life power structures around the world ultimately rest on the subjugation of women's bodies.

Author: Barbara Bourland
Publisher: Dutton
Published: 07/19/2022
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.33lbs
Size: 9.25h x 6.29w x 1.32d
ISBN: 9780593329344

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 06/20/2022