Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund


Having read Ahab’s Wife by Naslund many years ago (a book I would highly recommend as well), I decided to try this one. I was thoroughly pleased with this book. The story of Marie Antoinette is told in the first person by Marie herself so the perspective she has on everything around her is extremely engrossing. She begins her story as a young girl getting ready to be married off to Louis, and even though she knows she was bred for this and is excited, she’s also very worried about leaving her home and her family, especially her mother.

All of Marie’s recollections of her life from her wedding right up until when she and her own family are imprisoned are recounted here. The book is fascinating to read and so descriptive you almost feel like you are at Versailles. This is definitely a book worth reading.