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 story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, 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", - a plain, simple... more » 12-year-old child named Sophie von Kuhn.
The Bookshop, Fitzgerald's witty second novel, is set in a small East Anglian coastal town. Newly-widowed Florence Green decides, despite polite but ruthless opposition, to open a bookshop where none has existed for a hundred years. The town becomes a battleground, as small towns so easily do, and Florence encounters real trouble when she attempts to stock Nabokov's Lolita.« less