Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed story collection NOT WHERE I STARTED FROM and a Granta "Best Young American Novelist," this much anticipated debut novel takes readers to opposite ends of the earth in a story of passion that is exotic and yet hauntingly familiar. "Assembled by a creator with a sure hand" (New York Times Book Review), WHEN MOUNTAINS WALKED charts two parallel love affairs, years apart, in settings as remote as the deepest canyons in the world, as vast as the Indian desert. In the 1940s Althea Baines follows her seismologist husband to the Indian subcontinent, where she awakens to a spirituality she never imagined and finds solace in a Hindu priest. Years later, her granddaughter Maggie follows her own husband to a canyon in Peru, where she falls in love with a revolutionary. The women's lives mirror one another throughout as each is swept up in the powerful forces that move them. Remarkable . . . fine and accomplished" (Boston Globe), WHEN MOUNTAINS WALKED reaffirms Kate Wheeler's reputation as one of our most captivating writers.
About the Author
Kate Wheeler was named a "Best Young American Novelist" by Granta. Raised in South America, her debut collection, NOT WHERE I STARTED FROM, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She writes regularly for THE NEW YORK TIMES' "Sophisticated Traveler," OUTSIDE, and TRICYCLE.