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A Far Countryby Daniel Mason
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From the best-selling author of The Piano Tuner, a stunning new novel about a young girl's journey through a vast, unnamed country in search of her brother.
Raised in a remote village on the edge of a sugarcane plantation, fourteen-year-old Isabel was born with the gift and curse of "seeing farther." When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again. But when she arrives, she discovers that Isaias has disappeared. Weeks and then months pass, until one day, armed only with her unshakable hope, she descends into the chaos of the city to find him.
Told with astonishing empathy, and strikingly visual, the story of Isabel's quest — her dignity and determination, her deeply spiritual world — is a universal tale about the bonds of family and a sister's love for her brother, about journeys and longing, survival and true heroism.
A tour de force of great emotional and narrative power.
"[An] intriguing parable...fascinating...disturbingly enigmatic....Mason keeps the reader off guard and guessing, and...there's a terrific payoff — a riveting climactic scene." Kirkus Reviews
"Mason invests his story with all the power of a fable, one that gives Isabel's personal bravery its due while also relaying the timelessness of human suffering." Booklist
From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner comes a haunting new story, set in an unnamed country, about a young girl's journey in search of her brother. Told with extraordinary empathy, the story becomes a universal tale about the bonds of family.
When drought and war threaten their land and her brother Isaias leaves their remote village on the edge of a sugarcane plantation to seek a better life in a southern city, fourteen-year-old Isabel, a young girl born with the gift of sight, follows him, only to find that he has vanished and embarks on quest through the teeming and chaotic city to find him. Reader's Guide available. 150,000 first printing.
From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, a stunning novel about a young girl's journey through a vast, unnamed country in search of herbrother.
Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of seeing farther. When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a greatexodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brotheragain.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Daniel Mason lives in California.
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