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- DescriptionLong-listed for the NBCC's John Leonard Prize The gripping story of a dramatic eighteenth-century voyage of discoveryIn her wildly inventive debut vel, Naomi J. Williams reimagines the historical Laperouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, more than two hundred men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France.Deeply grounded in historical fact but refracted through a powerful imagination, Landfalls follows the exploits and heartbreaks t only of the men on the ships but also of the people affected by the voyage-indigeus people and other Europeans the explorers encountered, loved ones left waiting at home, and those who survived and remembered the expedition later. Each chapter is told from a different point of view and is set in a different part of the world, ranging from London to Tenerife, from Alaska to remote South Pacific islands to Siberia, and eventually back to France. The result is a beautifully written and absorbing tale of the high seas, scientific exploration, human tragedy, and the world on the cusp of the modern era.By turns elegiac, profound, and comic, Landfalls reinvents the maritime adventure vel for the twenty-first century.
- Author BiographyNaomi J. Williams lives in Northern California with her family. Landfalls is her first novel.
- Author(s)Naomi J Williams
- PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Date of Publication04/08/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Weight544 g
- Width160 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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