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Award-winning author Sena Naslund talks about her fictionalized account of Marie Antoinette’s fascinating, if doomed, rise to power from ignorant Austrian teenager to the Queen of France. Conceived as an imaginative diary, Abundance incorporates facts, historical research, and actual letters from Antoinette’s life as she navigated the elaborate etiquette, political intrigue, and personal scandals at the court of Louis XVI. Naslund’s earlier novel, Ahab’s Wife, created a character from a single reference in Melville’s Moby Dick, and became an international best-seller.