Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of seeing farther. Read more...
Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village 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."
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A Far Country
The author of the best-selling novel The Piano Tuner (2002) returns with a compelling tale about a poverty-stricken family set in an unidentified Third World country. The main character, 14-year-old Isabel, lives with her parents on a sugarcane plantation. Beleaguered by drought and cheated by the local government, her family and their fellow villagers are struggling to survive. In hopes of improving Isabel's prospects for the future, her parents send her to the city to live with her cousin and her older brother, Isaias. Determined to make a living as a musician, Isaias had departed for the city some months before. When Isabel arrives, however, he is nowhere to be found. Her cousin, who works as a maid, has a baby, whom Isabel cares for when she isn't out hunting for her brother. Full of noise, crowded with people, dirty and unwelcoming, the city itselfalways a place Isabel equated with opportunity, wealth and hopeproves a disappointment to her. To make matters worse, the search for Isaias leads her into a bureaucratic maze. No one is in the Department of Missing Persons seems concerned about her case. Meanwhile, Isabel meets a charming photographer and experiences for the first time the magic of attraction. Mason uses this and other subplots to flesh out the book, and the result is a complex and full-bodied novel that should satisfy his many fans.
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