By Jane Hamilton
From the writer of the commonly acclaimed The ebook of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama a few rural American relations and a disastrous occasion that without end adjustments their lives.
The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little ladies, Emma and Claire, live to tell the tale a dairy farm in Wisconsin. even if suspiciously looked by way of their pals as "that hippie couple" due to their well-educated, city historical past, Howard and Alice think they've got discovered a resource of emotional power within the farm, he tending the barn whereas Alice works as a nurse within the neighborhood hassle-free school.
But their peaceable lifestyles is shattered sooner or later whilst a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns within the Goodwins' pond whereas below Alice's care. plagued by the coincidence, Alice descends even additional into darkness whilst she is accused of sexually abusing of a pupil on the effortless institution. quickly, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and pretty much as good as convicted within the eyes of a suspicious neighborhood. As a baby, Alice designed her personal map of the realm to discover her bearings. Now, as an grownup, she needs to locate her approach back, via a maze of lies, doubt and unwell will.
A brilliant human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the elaborate geographies of the human middle and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain. The result's a piercing drama approximately kin bonds and a disappearing rural American lifestyles.
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A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton