A rich and evocative novel of immigrant families, and the effect that no sense of belonging has down the generations.
A young fisherman, having read through every book in his corner of Scotland, left home to travel, as far away from the sea as possible, and ended up in Saskatchewan, Canada. He married a local farmer’s daughter, and they lived ‘quiet, braided lives’ building their roots, their family, their farm, until they were killed in an accident.
Their children scattered. Their daughter, rootless, moved into the anonymity of a town and, pregnant, married another immigrant. And her daughter flees the family legacy, and the coldness, to Paris, where an Anglo-Turkish boy introduces her to all the colour she has been missing – and to another immigrant culture.
The loss of one culture and confrontation with a new one affects all the characters. Lost Geography shines a new light on the struggles and triumphs of immigrant life.
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‘A fine novel about family, identity and loss. A gorgeous debut.’ US Weekly
‘Bacon brings the acute eye of a cartographer to this engrossing gazeteer about survival, heartache and the frayed edges of memory.’ LA TimesFrom the Back Cover:
Davis Campbell, son and brother to Scottish fishermen, is determined to flee as far as possible from the sea. So he ends up in the middle of Saskatchewan – where he marries into the life of a remote prairie farm.
It is his descendants whom Charlotte Bacon traces in her remarkable debut novel. Stalwart, tragically dispersed, rootless, yet one of Davis Campbell's granddaughters ends up in France, where she marries an Anglo-Turkish immigrant, part of yet another exiled family on the move.
Through the intense personal dramas, as the setting and characters shift, Charlotte Bacon looks at the whole pattern of migration; why some are locked in places, some ever travelling and how people can adapt to change and loss, to new environment and experience.
'Lost Geography' is a triumph, a wonderful, rich portrait of sixty years of an unforgettable family and an evocation of the migrant in all of us.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006514928