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Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning #1 NYT bestselling Outlander series, described by Salon magazine as "the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science PhD with a background in scripting "Scrooge McDuck" comic.  The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander, and has continued through seven more NYT bestselling novels, with more than 26 million copies in print worldwide.

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Reviews of Outlander

Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine. English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frnak and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie. Claire's resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward.
-- Publishers Weekly

Videos featuring Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon at the Sacramento Public Library

2010 National Book Festival