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The Sea of Trees

Murphy, Yannick

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ISBN 10: 0395850126 / ISBN 13: 9780395850121
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (first printing). The first novel by the author of HERE THEY COME, the story of a woman with divided loyalties who is detained in an isolated jungle camp when the Japanese invade Indochina at the outset of World War II. Fine/Fine. Signed by Murphy on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 1817

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Title: The Sea of Trees

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In her haunting first novel, Yannick Murphy surveys the landscape of imperialism through the unflinching gaze of an adolescent girl. Set in Indochina in the 1940s - well before American intervention - in the territory that is now Vietnam, it is narrated by the clear-eyed Tian, daughter of a French mother and Chinese father, who is taken prisoner when the Japanese invade Shanghai. The camp is a nightmarish place, where horror sometimes slips surrealistically into comedy as the prisoners watch for liberators to cross the sea of trees that separates them from freedom. Here it is women who become Tian's first allies, especially her passionate young mother and wily amah, who instill pluck, pragmatism, and an unbending will to survive. In a voice that rings with the startling frankness of youth, The Sea of Trees combines imagery both raw and beautiful. Based on stories from the author's own family history and laced with Chinese folklore, it adds a distinctly female contour to the map of empi

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Yannick Murphy is the author of AHWOOOOOOOO! illustrated by Claudio Muņoz and several other books for readers of all ages. Her novels for adults include HERE THEY COME (McSweeney's), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and THE SEA OF TREES (Houghton Mifflin), which was named one of the best books of 1997 in the New York Times Book Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writer's Conference and the MacDowell Artist Colony, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.Yannick Murphy lives with her family in Pasadena, California.

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