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Jane Hamilton - A Map of The World (2nd Hand Paperback)

£3.75
SKU B000728
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Fiction - Modern Mainstream Fiction
  • Published : 1996
  • ISBN : 9780552996815
  • SKU : B000728
  • PPC : LL400gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

One unremarkable June morning, Alice Goodwin is, as usual, trying to keep in check both her temper and her tendency to blame herself for her family's shortcomings.

When the Goodwin's took over the last dairy farm in the small Midwestern town of Prairie Centre, they envisioned their home a self-made paradise. But these days, as Alice is all too aware, her elder daughter Emma is prone to inexplicable fits of rage, her husband Howard distrusts her maternal competence, and Prairie Centre's tight-knit suburban community shows no signs of warming to "those hippies who think they can run a farm." 

A loner by nature, Alice is torn between a yearning for solitude coupled with a deep need to be at the centre of a perfect family.

If you're hungry for a well-written story about the affects of two major crises on characters, on families, on relationships . . . A Map of The World is the book for you!

"The most outstanding thing about this books is the 'voice'. It's written in first person, mostly from the female POV, but there's a well done section from the voice of her husband. As a writer, I know how difficult first person POV is, which makes me doubly appreciate Jane Hamilton's skill.

The characters are the most well developed I've read in a long time. No cardboard, run-of-the-mill people. The story is emotionally intense and can be hard to read for some people. It might have been depressing if the writing had been mediocre, but the author's exploration of the character's mental state is brilliant." - Goodreads Review.

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