The Blue Flower and The Bookshop Author:Penelope Fitzgerald The Blue Flower, set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late-18th-century Germany, tells the true store of Friedrich von Hardenber, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father's permission to wed his "heart's heart" his "spirit's guid... more »e"- a plain, simple 12-year-old child named Sophie von Kuhn. The Blue Flower explores the irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, and the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one's own fate.
The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald's second novel, is set in a small East Anglican coastal town. Newly-widowed Florence Green decides, despite polite but ruthless opposition, to open a bookshop where none has existed for a hundred years. Florence encounters real trouble when she attempts to stock Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.« less