Will Mendelsohn is a modern-day Darwin whose first book on extinction has made him a great success. To get underway with work on his follow-up, he sets off on a worldwide research trip. He makes a special visit to Assam, a state in northeast India, so that he can spend time with his mother's friend Mim, a Holocaust survivor in frail health. But once he meets Mim's enigmatic neighbor, a married expatriate screenwriter named Grace Tagore, Will's brief stop turns into an extended stay. As the two are drawn by their haunted pasts into a transformative affair, Assam erupts in political turmoil, setting off an irrevocable chain of events that forever alter their lives.
With a remarkable gift for language and storytelling, author Janice Deaner pens a novel of extraordinary depth and power, where amid the lavish tea gardens of a beautiful yet strife- ridden India, a compelling story of romance, friendship, and self-discovery brilliantly unfolds.
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Janice Deaner, an award-winning filmmaker, is the author of Where Blue Begins, The Body Spoken, and Notes on Extinction. She lives in New York City.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* The hero of Deaner's extraordinarily controlled and dramatic third novel, Will Mendelsohn, the son of Holocaust survivors, has been working on his magnum opus on world extinction for 10 years when a fire destroys his notes, manuscript, and marriage. In shock, Will turns to fieldwork and travels to disparate places, including India, where he stays with Mim, the widow of a tea grower. She and his mother became friends in a Nazi concentration camp, where they were both tortured. He and Mim grow close, but it is a blond, ice-eyed woman named Grace, married to an Indian neighbor and haunted by her own abusive past, who inspires Will to linger. Their intense affair is complicated by the eruption of political unrest and terrorist violence. Like Mim and his mother, Will is forced to experience the dark side of existence, a terrifying rite of passage that recalibrates his vision of the insistence of life even in the direst circumstances. Deaner's mesmerizing tale of loss and recovery explores the eroticism of pain with unflinching precision and provocative insight almost on a par with Somerset Maugham, Elizabeth Bowen, and Michael Ondaatje. Donna Seaman
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Book Description Dutton Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 052594415X TRACKING NUMBER INCLUDED New Unread Book May have some very minor shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # D-6-114
Book Description Dutton Adult, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M052594415X