By Jane Hamilton
From the writer of the generally acclaimed The publication of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama a few rural American relations and a disastrous occasion that endlessly adjustments their lives.
The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little women, Emma and Claire, survive a dairy farm in Wisconsin. even though suspiciously appeared by way of their pals as "that hippie couple" as a result of their well-educated, city heritage, Howard and Alice think they've got stumbled on a resource of emotional power within the farm, he tending the barn whereas Alice works as a nurse within the neighborhood trouble-free school.
But their peaceable lifestyles is shattered someday while a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns within the Goodwins' pond whereas less than Alice's care. laid low with the coincidence, Alice descends even additional into darkness whilst she is accused of sexually abusing of a pupil on the straight forward tuition. quickly, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and nearly as good as convicted within the eyes of a suspicious neighborhood. As a toddler, Alice designed her personal map of the realm to discover her bearings. Now, as an grownup, she needs to locate her approach back, via a maze of lies, doubt and in poor health will.
A vibrant human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the complex geographies of the human center and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain. The result's a piercing drama approximately kinfolk bonds and a disappearing rural American existence.
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The things we’ll see, he thought. The images I can create, the routes I will map, the details I can write. And someday, perhaps, future Voyagers will pore over my book, and they will learn. Ramus opened his bottle of ink and chose his finest quill. On the first page of the book he wrote: The Final Voyage of Ramus Rheel Year 143, Age of Expansion In the company of Nomi Hyden He sat back and stared at the page. When he turned it over, the stark white of the next sheet suddenly seemed emptier than ever.
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Chasing myself, he thought. Chasing my own mortality. He bought breakfast from an early street vendor and ate while he was walking. His bags were heavy, containing several books, his clothing and weapons and a roll of maps, including the new one he had made yesterday. But he felt fit and ready, and he enjoyed breaking a sweat as he climbed the hill and headed south. Dawn painted the horizon to the east, but shadows still ruled the streets, though most were shrinking back to wait out the day. Once or twice he heard a whisper as he passed, and he looked down at his feet, not wishing to attract attention.
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton