The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142196793
  • 448 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


The Lost Prince can stand independently of The Little Book … but why deprive yourself of the pleasures of reading both?” —Booklist

Recently returned from fin de siècle Vienna, where she tragically lost the first great love of her life, Eleanor Burden settles into her expected place in Boston society, marries a suitable husband, and waits for life to come to her. Eleanor’s story is not unlike that of the other young women she grew up with in 1890’s Boston, except for one difference: Eleanor believes herself to have advance knowledge of every major historical event to come in her lifetime. But soon Eleanor’s script of events begins to unravel, and she must find the courage of her deepest convictions, discover the difference between predetermination and free will, find faith in her own sanity, and decide whether she will allow history to unfold come what may — or use her extraordinary gifts to bend history and deliver the life she is meant to have.


Praise for Selden Edwards and The Lost Prince:

“Brilliant.  Selden Edwards is a writer of great intellect and wit, and his books are a joy to read. I love The Lost Prince. The Little Book made such an impression on me; The Lost Prince is even better.”
-Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“I loved Selden Edwards’s first novel The Little Book and told everyone I knew about it.  I just read his second novel The Lost Prince and think that Mr. Edwards has written his finest work so far. Once again, Selden Edwards demonstrates his mastery in blending together philosophy and art with the help of wonderful characters you fall in love with. The Lost Prince is a terrific second novel.”
-Pat Conroy

The Lost Prince can stand independently of The Little Book… but why deprive yourself of the pleasures of reading both?”
"A powerful, intense, and fascinating read." 
Kirkus (starred review)

“Edwards’s bird’s-eye view of the details of this momentous age makes this companion piece as much fun as his debut.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Little Book:

Back to the Future for the intellectual set.”
— Entertainment Weekly 
“There’s nothing small about Selden Edwards’ debut novel, The Little Book — not its scale, ambitions or back story.”
— USA Today 
“A soaring thing of joy whose only purpose — and I mean this as a compliment — is to delight and entertain.”
— Maureen Corrigan, NPR 

“Selden Edwards’s impressive debut novel is richly-inventive, woven tightly with incident, and fully engaging. It is also superbly humane and readable.”
–Richard Ford
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