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From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.

But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will.

A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain. The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life.

About the Author

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine, and her first book, The Book of Ruth, was awarded the 1989 PENHemingway Foundation Award for best first novel. Seven years after its publication, The Book of Ruth was chosen for the Oprah Book Club, giving it a second life. In 1994 Hamilton published A Map of the World which became an international best seller, and in 1998, The Short History of a Prince, which won the Heartland Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for Britain's Orange Prize.

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Elyse, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Elyse)
It's been a long time since I read this book, but it will always be among my favorites. It haunted me for weeks after I finished it - and I remember that I didn't want it to be finished. The story is so frightening, sad and moving, and the writing was compelling. I had to vote for it for my book of the decade.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385473101
Author:
Hamilton, Jane
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Middle west
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Drowning
Subject:
Middle West Fiction.
Subject:
Dairy farms.
Subject:
Dairy farms -- Middle West -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
1994
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
389 p.

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