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A Far Country

by Daniel Mason

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A Far Country by Daniel Mason
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  • Published Mar 2007
    288 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Raised in a remote village on the edge of a sugarcane plantation, fourteen-year-old Isabel was born with the gift and curse of "seeing farther." When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again. But when she arrives, she discovers that Isaias has disappeared. Weeks and then months pass, until one day, armed only with her unshakable hope, she descends into the chaos of the city to find him.

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"Mason invests his story with all the power of a fable, one that gives Isabel's personal bravery its due while also relaying the timelessness of human suffering." - Booklist.

"Readers may be wooed by the prose, but the story is a snoozer." - PW.

"Imperfectly realized and disturbingly enigmatic, but quite fascinating." - Kirkus.

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cbrofm

Great descriptive writing
...but BORING and the story is a cliche. The people are stereotypical and the unnamed country an amalgamation of familiar 3rd world venues. Did I mention the story is boring?

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Daniel Mason Author Biography

Daniel Mason was born and raised in Northern California. He studied biology at Harvard, and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His first novel, The Piano Tuner, published in 2002, was a national bestseller and has since been published in 27 countries. His other works include A Far Country, The Winter Soldier, and A Registry of My Passage Upon Earth, and his writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine and Lapham's Quarterly. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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