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On a hilltop above the shimmering city of Florence in 1928, a dying author in exile races to complete his final novel. Lady Chatterley's Lover is a tender study in sensuality and a searing indictment of class distinctions, but the author, D.H. Lawrence, knows it will be censored.

Alison MacLeod boldly imagines the novel's journey to freedom through the story of Jackie Kennedy, who was known to be an admirer. In MacLeod's telling, Jackie - just before becoming the first lady - learns that the book has sparked a new obscenity charge, and she grows determined to honour a novel she loves.

Bringing to light the story of Lawrence's writing of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and that of the men and women who fought for its worldwide publication, MacLeod captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century, from war and censorship to sensuality and freedom. Exquisite, evocative, and grounded in history, Tenderness is a testament to the transformative power of fiction.

ISBN: 9780735233782

Published Date: January 1, 2021

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

Page Count: 616

Size: 8.20" l x 5.50" w x 1.49" h