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Tourmalineby Joanna Scott
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This universally acclaimed novel — everywhere hailed for its evocative descriptions, its compelling characters, its intricate plot — transports us to Elba, an island off the northwest coast of Italy, in the mid-1950s. It is here that an American man, seduced by the wealth promised in the island's surfeit of semiprecious tourmaline, has traveled with his wife and four young sons, and now struggles to establish a homestead and a fortune. But the allure of one of Elba's other treasures — a bewitching local girl — derails his quest and threatens to destroy his family.
"One of the most gifted writers at work today, Joanna Scott is brilliant, huge-hearted, devastating. In Tourmaline, she's at the top of her form." Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
"In this Gravesian, introspective novel, the light of hindsight illuminates, as usual, not quite everything." The New Yorker
"Tourmaline is a story of seductions: erotic, geographic, intellectual, moral. No one can escape, because no one is immune to desire, especially not the desire to possess our own history." Kathryn Harrison, Bookforum
"Napoleonic history, geology and a father's folly are woven together in this captivating novel....An absorbing picture of a family rediscovering themselves in a foreign land." Publishers Weekly
"Joanna Scott is one of today's best novelists, and she keeps getting better." Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
"The spirals of this story are like the waves on the Mediterranean shore, redolent of lavender, salt, and olives." Booklist
"Tourmaline unspools like a movie, a lush journey as seductive as a Bertolucci film, but one tinged with Hitchcock, its bright sunlit tale pierced with an ever-present, faintly ominous undertow." Helen Eisenbach, Newsday
"Poetic prose enriches this evocative, carefully observed but slight story of Americans abroad." Library Journal
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer serves up a complicated, compelling tale of a family that heads for an island off the coast of Italy hoping to make a fortune in jewels but instead becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local girl. Reprint.
Scott's most recent critically acclaimed novel of a family pushed to the brink of collapse on an Italian island makes its paperback debut in a lush new package.
About the Author
Joanna Scott is the author of four novels, including 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Manikin, and a short story collection, Various Antidotes, which was a finalist for the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Award. She lives in Rochester, New York.
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