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The Wonder House

Hardy, Justine

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ISBN 10: 0802118224 / ISBN 13: 9780802118226
Published by Grove Press, New York, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Dated, inscribed, and signed by the author in turquoise marker on the title page: "April 2007 / Dearest R-- / Love from Kashmir / Justine." The book is square and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.00). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002370

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Title: The Wonder House

Publisher: Grove Press, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Justine Hardy is an English journalist, a best-selling author, and a filmmaker who's spent much of the past fifteen years living in India. Her American debut, The Wonder House, has crafted an unforgettable love story set in the turbulent region of Kashmir, one of the most beautiful and broken places in the world.

On Nagin Lake sits moored a houseboat called The Wonder House, on which Englishwoman, Gracie Singh, has been living out her widowhood since the death of her Indian husband. From The Wonder House Gracie has watched the valley become brutally disfigured by Pakistan and India's drawn-out clash over this coveted territory — just as she has watched her best friend and landlord, Masood Abdullah, change from a jeans-wearing, flirtatious young man to an anxious father hemmed in by growing Islamic orthodoxy. Soon after Masood's nephew disappears to join an extremist militant group, Hal, a journalist from England, comes to interview Gracie, putting them all in grave danger.

Told by and about a Western woman's immersion in the endlessly alluring and troubled Islamic culture of North India, Hardy's gorgeous and gritty novel about human passions in a battered valley is a vital addition to the literature about India.

About the Author:

Justine Hardy has spent much of the past fifteen years based in India as a writer, journalist and documentary maker. She has worked and written for papers ranging from the Australian via the Indian Express to the Financial Times. Her first book, The Ochre Border was about the reopening of the Tibetan frontierlands. Her second, Scoop wallah: Life on a Delhi Daily was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Award. Other books include Goat:A Story of Kashmir and Notting Hill and Bollywood Boy, about the high-octane world of the Hindi film industry. The Wonder House is her first novel.

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