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The Wilderness

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The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
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It s Jake s birthday. He is sitting in a small plane, being flown over the landscape that has been the backdrop to his life his childhood, his marriage, his work, his passions. Now he is in his early sixties, and he isn t quite the man he used to be. He has lost his wife, his son is in prison, and he is about to lose his past. Jake has Alzheimer s. As the disease takes hold of him, Jake struggles to hold on to his personal story, to his memories and identity, but they become increasingly elusive and unreliable. What happened to his daughter? Is she alive, or long dead? And why exactly is his son in prison? What went so wrong in his life? There was a cherry tree once, and a yellow dress, but what exactly do they mean? As Jake, assisted by poor Eleanor , a childhood friend with whom for some unfathomable reason he seems to be sleeping, fights the inevitable dying of the light, the key events of his life keep changing as he tries to grasp them, and what until recently seemed solid fact is melting into surreal dreams or nightmarish imaginings. Is there anything he ll be able to salvage from the wreckage? Beauty, perhaps, the memory of love, or nothing at all? From the first sente

Author Biography

Samantha Harvey was born in England in 1975. She has lived in Ireland, New Zealand and Japan writing, travelling and teaching, and in recent years has co-founded an environmental charity alongside her novel writing. She completed with distinction the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA course in 2005, where she was shortlisted for the PFD prize. The Wilderness is her first novel.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Vintage
Pages
336
Dimensions
129x198x21
ISBN-13
9780099526537
Product ID
3693268

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