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Publisher Comments:

A New York Times Notable Book

In a first novel of "vivid, harrowing beauty" (People), Murphy surveys the landscape of war and peace through the unflinching gaze of an adolescent girl. Set in Indochina in the 1940s, The Sea of Trees is narrated by Tian, who is taken prisoner when the Japanese invade Shanghai. Based on stories from the author's own family history and laced with Chinese folklore, this startling novel "could not be more artful" (Los Angeles Times).

Review:

"[A] vivid and often powerful, although almost as often curiously perfunctory, girl's-eye saga of a wildly endangered life in the Far East during and after WW II....An indefatigably forward-going if often poetic story of girlhood and family amid war, terror, loss — and sometimes luck." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This inspiring view of the unvanquished human soul belongs in all collections." Francisca Goldsmith, Library Journal

Review:

"[A] dreamlike progression of glinting surfaces, telling gestures and precisely rendered moments in which matter-of-fact horror butts up against absurdist hilarity?. Murphy imbues her world, ultimately, with a lush timelessness, shot through with surprising buoyancy and hope." Catherine Bush, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395924914
Author:
Murphy, Yannick
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
War
Publication Date:
November 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.96x5.11x.67 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Mariner Books - English 9780395924914 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] vivid and often powerful, although almost as often curiously perfunctory, girl's-eye saga of a wildly endangered life in the Far East during and after WW II....An indefatigably forward-going if often poetic story of girlhood and family amid war, terror, loss — and sometimes luck."
"Review" by , "This inspiring view of the unvanquished human soul belongs in all collections."
"Review" by , "[A] dreamlike progression of glinting surfaces, telling gestures and precisely rendered moments in which matter-of-fact horror butts up against absurdist hilarity?. Murphy imbues her world, ultimately, with a lush timelessness, shot through with surprising buoyancy and hope."
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