A Far Country
By Daniel Mason
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400030392, 267pp.)
Publication Date: March 18, 2008
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Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of "seeing farther." When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again.
“Mesmerizing. . . . Staggeringly beautiful . . . [Mason] may well be the next great novelist of our time.” —The Boston Globe“Penetrating. . . . Mason’s power as a storyteller is to plunge the reader into a world so perfectly detailed that we don’t just see it through the protagonist’s eyes. All of our senses are engaged.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A Far Country is a book about . . . people who live as subsistence farmers or flee their land to scrabble for a living in the smog-choked megacities of the south. . . . But for a bit of historical luck, its ‘far country’ might be Britain, America or anywhere else.”—The New York Times Book Review“With both boldness and circumspection. . . . Mason writes in stripped-down prose that strives toward a sort of meditative lucidity.” —Chicago Tribune