A Novel

Book - 2001
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London's stunning debut novel is set in 1937 Australia. Seventeen-year-old Edith is enthralled by the stories of her English cousin and his American friend about their archaeological dig in Iraq--especially tales of the ancient Mesopotamian king Gilgamesh.
Published: New York : Grove Press, c2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780802117410
Branch Call Number: F LON
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 19, 2016

This stark, but lush novel of Edith, living in the isolated bush of SW Australia, visited by her English archaeologist cousin and his Armenian driver, with whom she falls in love. Unaware of her pregnancy, and of looming war, she sets off to find him. When WW II erupts, she's trapped behind enemy lines, and raises Jim as Dmitry, with Armenian as his first language. She gets lots of help, but is never sure whether she's being followed. This first novel was nominated for Australia's prestigious prizes. Edith learns of Aram's death, but her cousin reappears, and helps her get out of the USSR. She's learned what will become her life work, and falls in love with her cousin, who promises to come to Australia for her, but can't fulfill that promise. Jim can't settle in his native country, but they ultimately find a way of living there that suits them both. Highly satisfactory.

Jun 23, 2016

I love this novel and am reading it for the second time. It is well worth it.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

The beautiful story of a young woman who set out with her baby son from Australia to Armenia just before the outbreak of the Second World War. She was trying to find her child's father. To attempt to describe this complex but easily readable novel in a few sentences is to do it a great injustice. It is a first novel and was nominated this year for Australia's most prestigious literary prize.

Mar 05, 2013

the cover reflects this tale of yearning beautifully. A recommended read.

Jul 28, 2012

A family saga ranging from Western Australia to England to Armenia to the Middle East. London can tell a story, but it is a very usual story.

quagga Sep 19, 2009

Edith is seventeen and pregnant. She is living on a hardscrabble farm with her older sister and mentally ill mother in western Australia. Edith decides to find the baby's father, but all she knows is that he is probably somewhere in Armenia. World War II is about to begin.

This character-driven novel packs a lot of punch into 256 pages. Very satisfying.


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