Diana Gabaldon’s beloved novel Outlander opens in 1945 on the Scottish Highlands. Former British combat nurse Claire Randall returns from the war and is finally reunited with her husband when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year 1743. Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Claire remains one of our absolute favorite characters from literature. Check out our stop-motion animation of this kick-a** character, below.
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