The White Rock (Hardback)Anna Hope (author)
A breathtaking tour de force from the author of Expectation, Hope's epic exploration of storytelling and the multifarious permutations of love resounds across the centuries and a myriad of lives.
I see you. Inside the cage you have been given. The cage you have made. The cages we have all made
It's 2020 and an Englishwoman is journeying with her husband and young daughter to the white rock off the coast of Mexico, to give thanks for the birth of their child, even as her faith in her marriage - and the future itself - is unravelling.
It is 1969 and a singer, on the run from the law, from his rabid fans and from an America burning with the fever of the Vietnam War, washes up in a hotel at the edge of Mexico, hoping to lose - and maybe find - himself.
In the first years of the Twentieth Century, a girl and her sister are torn from their homeland and taken by force to the coast. As their future is recast in the name of progress and power, she turns to the stories of her people to keep them alive.
And in 1775 a young Lieutenant of the Spanish line, preparing to set sail from the White Rock to continue the conquest of the Pacific coast, appears to lose his grip on reality, with far-reaching and fatal consequences ...
The White Rock is a breathtaking novel of lives echoing through time, of the many forms of violence and love, and what happens when the stories we have lived by can no longer keep us safe.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm
Praise for Anna Hope:
'Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist' - Guardian, on Expectation
'Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT' - Marian Keyes, on Expectation
'One of the most intensely readable novels I've encountered this year' - Metro, on Expectation
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“Lives echoing through time..”
Four lives, four timelines; from English writer to Spanish lieutenant and from today back to the 18th century. All are looking for the place where the sacred ‘White Rock’ is off the cost of Mexico.
Hope blends... More
The White Rock is four separate but compelling stories spanning three hundred years, split and reflected around a mysterious island off the coast of Mexico.
I enjoyed all four stories but was particularly moved by... More
“Mexican folklore and legend - captivate writing”
I was drawn to this book because of the setting, Mexico, and the historical / folkloric links. I spent four years living in Mexico and I’m still captivated by its charm, history and legend.
This book tells four... More
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