The Blind Astronomer's Daughter

The Blind Astronomer's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations, in pursuit of an unknown planet; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus, Caroline could only watch helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness. Now, gone blind from staring at the sun, he has chosen death over a darkenedlife. Grief-stricken, Caroline abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O'Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a telescope larger than his rival's. But her father has left her more than the wreck of that unfinished instrument: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes her father's work and confronts her own longings, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and Caroline and Finnegan are plunged into its violence.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury USA,, 2016
ISBN: 9781632861894
Branch Call Number: F Pipkin
Characteristics: 461 pages ;,23 cm


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This novel is set in late-eighteenth-century Ireland. It is about Caroline, whose father Arthur went blind from staring at the Sun while hunting for an unknown planet. Rather than live his life in darkness Arthur throws himself off the roof of his observatory. Caroline is left to pick up the piec... Read More »

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