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A sweeping historical novel about love, ruin, and redemption in nineteenth-century New Zealand

Rose Tremain’s new novel is a saga of love and greed set during the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush in New Zealand. Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England, along with Joseph’s mother, Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of “the colour,” rush to their destinies.

Harriet decides to pursue her own journey toward an uncertain future. But nothing has prepared her for what happens to her when she arrives at the gold diggings. Amid squalor and confusion, burning heat and icy flood, Harriet comes face-to-face with the true cost of desire.

Beautifully written, hauntingly evocative, and by turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is the story of a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover what it is that makes men and women happy.

Review:

"[A] gripping pioneer story from the greatly gifted Tremain....Transformations...abound in this brittle world where everything is possible and yet everything is at risk. The result is a page-turner that's also a work of startling beauty." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[E]legant and dramatic....[R]iveting....With its combination of vivid historical adventure and sensual, late-blooming romance, it's hard to see how this novel can miss winning a new audience for the immensely talented Tremain." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Tremain's new novel is a saga of love and greed set during the mid-19th century gold rush in New Zealand. Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

Synopsis:

Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.

About the Author

Rose Tremain is the author of nine novels, most recently Music & Silence, and her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She lives in Norfolk, England, with the biographer Richard Holmes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374126056
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Picador
Author:
Tremain, Rose
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
New Zealand
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Gold mines and mining
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.881 in 0.8 lb

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Product details 400 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374126056 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] gripping pioneer story from the greatly gifted Tremain....Transformations...abound in this brittle world where everything is possible and yet everything is at risk. The result is a page-turner that's also a work of startling beauty."
"Review" by , "[E]legant and dramatic....[R]iveting....With its combination of vivid historical adventure and sensual, late-blooming romance, it's hard to see how this novel can miss winning a new audience for the immensely talented Tremain."
"Synopsis" by , Tremain's new novel is a saga of love and greed set during the mid-19th century gold rush in New Zealand. Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.
"Synopsis" by ,
Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.

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