The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

This “mesmerizing new work of historical fiction” (The Miami Herald) imagines the deep friendship of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert as they travel up the Nile.

Before she became the nineteenth century’s greatest heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled down the Nile at the same time in 1850. But where history would have these two figures float right by each other, the award-winning writer Enid Shomer brings them together to ignite a passionate friendship that alters both their destinies.

Shomer, whose writing The New York Times has praised as “beautifully cadenced, and surprising in its imaginative reach,” brings to life the opu­lent tapestry of mid-nineteenth-century Egypt as the unlikely soul mates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451642971 | 
  • August 2013
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Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert On the Nile River

Enid Shomer explores the perhaps encounters of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert on the Nile River in Egypt in the 1850s.

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About the Author

Enid Shomer
Beth Kelly

Enid Shomer

Enid Shomer won the Iowa Fiction Prize for her first collection of stories and the Florida Gold Medal for her second. She is also the author of four books of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and many other publications. She lives in Tampa, Florida.

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