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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.

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"Hamilton's chillingly accurate prose keeps her fine novel buoyant. She is superb in her observation of the natural world and in her examination of psychological nuance." Washington Post

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"Jane Hamilton has removed all doubts that she belongs among the major writers of our time." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Stunning prose and unforgettable characters...an enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control." Entertainment Weekly

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"It takes a writer of rare power and discipline to carry off an achievement like A Map of the World. Hamilton proves here that she is one of the best." Newsweek

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"Ms. Hamilton has done a nimble job of showing us how precarious the illusion of safety and security really is." The New York Times

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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Jeane, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This quietly haunting story is about Alice, Howard, and their two daughters. They've recently moved to a small midwestern town to follow Howard's dream of being a dairy farmer. Unfortunately, Alice soon alienates the local people against her. Right as the story unfolds, her best friend and neighbors' daughter drowns in her backyard pond. Then she is accused of sexually abusing a child at the school where she works as a nurse. On the one hand dealing with profound guilt over a child's death, and on the other facing a courtroom full of people who think she's committed the most sordid act against another child, Alice struggles to hold onto her sanity and keep her family together while facing the ostracism of the entire town. This book can be depressing and heart-wrenching, or a startling clear look at how one small mistake can trigger other events and escalate into an unforseen catastrophe.
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Jennifer Kulman, June 18, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Kulman)
I was really looking forward to this book based on the summary. It could have been an excellent book, but it was too drawn out and characters were too unlikeable. I really lost interest mid-way through and had to force myself to continue. I think I would have liked it had been more fast paced, and less of what the characters were thinking about. Pretty boring.
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Jena, November 6, 2006 (view all comments by Jena)
This book had its moments. Maybe it would have had more, but I stopped reading 2/3 of the way through. I couldn't muster enough concern about Alice or her husband or their children to make the last third of the book worthwhile. I don't even care whether Alice did it or not.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385720106
Author:
Hamilton, Jane
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Middle west
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Drowning
Subject:
Dairy farms.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
UR-072
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.05x5.19x.84 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385720106 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hamilton's chillingly accurate prose keeps her fine novel buoyant. She is superb in her observation of the natural world and in her examination of psychological nuance."
"Review" by , "Jane Hamilton has removed all doubts that she belongs among the major writers of our time."
"Review" by , "Stunning prose and unforgettable characters...an enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control."
"Review" by , "It takes a writer of rare power and discipline to carry off an achievement like A Map of the World. Hamilton proves here that she is one of the best."
"Review" by , "Ms. Hamilton has done a nimble job of showing us how precarious the illusion of safety and security really is."
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