A dangerous rescue attempt in Michigan has captured the attention of the entire country. A two-year-old girl has fallen down a mine shaft. Ursula Wong is the only child of a poor family and referred to by one member of the TV audience as 'half-breed trailer trash', not worth all the expense.
But Ursula is the last of her family line and her story explodes into a gorgeous saga of culture, history and heredity. Ursula's forebears include a second-century BC Chinese alchemist; an orphaned consort to a Swedish queen; and Ursula's great-great-grandfather, Jake Maki, a miner who died in a cave-in aged twenty-nine.
Ursula's fate echoes those of her ancestors, many of whom so narrowly escaped not being born that any given individual's life comes to seem a miracle.
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"A chronicle of lives as strange and fantastical as fairy tales...An amazing feat of imagination...a delight of design. For colour and ambition this debut is hard to fault" ( Daily Mail)
"Boy, can Ingrid Hill tell stories" ( Guardian)
"An epic formula that, thanks to the author's no-frills execution, works remarkably well. Vivid...playful storytelling...The cumulative weight of family history lends the novel emotional heft" ( Independent)
"An amazing feat of imagination. This debut is hard to fault" ( Observer)
"Mind-blowing. This bold novel is an enlightening, gripping read" ( Eve)
‘A chronicle of lives as strange and fantastical as fairy-tales…An amazing feat of imagination…a delight of design. For colour and ambition this debut is hard to fault’ Daily Mail
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000092798
Book Description Vintage, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 496 pages. 7.76x5.04x1.18 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099479869