The Story of Land and Sea (Paperback)Katy Simpson Smith (author)
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A lyrical and spellbinding story of love, loss, and war from a standout new voice in fiction. Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an `heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson'
North Carolina, 1793. When nine-year-old Tab catches yellow fever, her father John steals her onto a boat, hoping the sea air will cure his only child. For comfort, he tells Tab stories about her mother Helen, who died in childbirth.
Two decades earlier, Helen is given a slave girl for her tenth birthday. Moll's arrival is meant to teach Helen discipline but soon the girls are close confidantes, until the arrival of John, a pirate turned soldier. And as the town is threatened in the dying embers of the Revolution, Helen must decide between a life of security on the family plantation and a sea adventure with the man she loves.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
`Pure pleasure...the best novel I've read all year' Anita Shreve
`A wonderful novel of heartbreaking grief but also of redemptive hope ... In high but warranted praise it very much evoked Marilynne Robinson's acclaimed GILEAD' Chicago Tribune (Editor's Pick)
`Poignant and intensely lyrical' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
`Smith's soulful language of loss is almost biblical, and the descriptions of her characters' sorrows are poetic and moving' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
`From the start, Ms. Smith's spare, rhythmic prose captivates Her refusal to serve up false redemption is admirable' NEW YORK TIMES
`Smith has a real gift for describing both hope and despair ... she is absolutely a writer to watch' NPR
`Among the most assured debut novels in recent memory, it heralds the birth of a major new talent' VOGUE
`Astonishingly relatable characters' HUFFINGTON POST
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