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A Map of the World

HAMILTON, JANE

Published by Doubleday, New York, 1994
ISBN 10: 0385473109 / ISBN 13: 9780385473101
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Title: A Map of the World

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Jane Hamilton on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 23529

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Synopsis: From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.

But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will.

A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain.  The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life.
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Product Description: Although they own a farm in Prairie Center, Alice and Howard Goodwin are still treated as outsiders by the townspeople. A tragic accident occurs on the farm, which sets in motion a devastating string of events, which will change their lives for ever and turn their paradise into a living nightmare.

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