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Henderson's Spear (John MacRae Books)
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A masterly epic that weaves a contemporary search for a missing father with a vivid story from the heyday of the British Empire.
Liv, a Canadian filmmaker, is writing from a Tahitian jail, piecing together her troubled past and her family's buried history for the unknown daughter she gave up at birth. The search for her own father, a pilot missing since the Korean War, has brought her to the South Seas and landed her behind bars on a trumped-up murder charge. In the stillness of her cell, Liv ponders the secret journal of her ancestor Frank Henderson, who came to these same waters a century before on an extraordinary three-year voyage with Queen Victoria's grandsons-Prince George (later George V) and Prince Eddy, who would die young and disgraced, linked by the gutter press to the Ripper killings and many other scandals.
Through unforgettable characters and a mesmerizing story, Henderson's Spear traces two tales of obsession, intrigue, and loss-from the 1890s and the 1990s. These stories reach around the world from Africa, England, and North America to converge with compelling effect in the Polynesian islands.
With a deep understanding of the landscape and culture of the South Sea Islands, Henderson's Spear explores the patterns of history and the accidents of love.
"Wright's characters are intelligent and every bit as complex as the plot, and his prose is both strong and lyrical, full of vivid, frequently beautiful imagery. The novel generates a mesmerizing sense of place, and it reflects the author's wonderfully peripatetic scholarship." Booklist, starred review
"Despite quite a few plots unfolding at the same time, the author manages to keep all his balls in the air at once and never lets the pace lag. Well done indeed." Kirkus Reviews
Olivia is writing from a Tahitian jail, piecing together her troubled past and her familys buried history for the daughter she gave up for adoption years before. The search for her own father, a pilot missing since the Korean War, has brought her to the South Seas and landed her behind bars. In the stillness of her cell, Olivia ponders the meaning of the secret journals she discovered after her mothers death. Their author is her ancestor Frank Henderson, a British naval officer who, as a young man, came to these same waters a hundred years before. What unfolds are twin tales of drama spanning the globe and history, reaching back through the murky waters of Olivias family line and culminating on the island where she is now held captive.
About the Author
Ronald Wright's critically acclaimed first novel, A Scientific Romance, was a New York Times Notable Book. His nonfiction includes Stolen Continents, an award-winning history of the Americas, and Time Among the Maya. He lives in Port Hope, Ontario.
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