Home Historical Fiction • Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel by Dominic Smith

By Dominic Smith

From the award-winning writer of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and the attractive Miscellaneous comes a sweeping ancient novel set amid the skyscrapers of Nineties Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific.

With serious compliment lavished on his first novels, Dominic Smith has develop into a celebrated and deeply respected storyteller. vibrant and far-off beaches, his most modern novel, bargains a gorgeous exploration of late-nineteenth-century the USA and the tribal Pacific. It's an epic trip that fanatics of historic fiction won't ever forget.

In the waning years of the 19th century there has been a starvation for tribal artifacts, spawning amassing voyages from museums and creditors worldwide. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago assurance tycoon, sponsors an excursion into the South Seas to commemorate the final touch of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest construction. The send is to deliver again an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but additionally a number of natives similar via blood.

Caught up during this scheme are orphans--Owen Graves, an itinerant dealer from Chicago's South facet who has lately proposed to the woman he needs to depart at the back of, and Argus Niu, a undertaking houseboy within the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited along with his sister. on the cusp of the 20 th century, the day trip forces a collision direction among the tribal and the civilized, among younger males suffering from their respective and haunting pasts.

An epic and impressive tale that brings to brain E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, vibrant and far-off shorelines is a wondrous fulfillment by means of a author identified for developing compelling fiction from the material of history.

Show description

Read Online or Download Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel PDF

Similar historical fiction books

All Things New

Retail ePub

New old Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!

In the aftermath of the Civil struggle, Josephine Weatherly and her mom, Eugenia, fight to select up the items in their lives once they go back to their Virginia plantation. however the sour realities of existence after the warfare can't be denied: their domestic and land are yet shells in their past grandeur; dying has claimed her father and brother; and her last brother, Daniel, has back domestic sour and damaged. The privileged formative years Josephine loved now appears like a long-ago dream. And the God who didn't resolution any of her prayers throughout the battle is misplaced to her as well.

Josephine quickly realizes that existence is now a question of day-by-day survival--and acknowledges that Lizzie, as one of many few closing servants, is the only she needs to depend on to coach her all she must recognize. Josephine's mom, too, vows to rebuild White Oak. .. yet a sour hatred fuels her.

With ability and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to lifestyles the tricky years of the Reconstruction period by means of interweaving the tales of 3 women--daughter, mom, and freed slave--in a riveting story.


Instantaneously a vibrant, haunting reimagining of Fifties Britain, a gripping, humane secret agent mystery and a poignant love tale, with Dominion C. J. Sansom once more asserts himself because the grasp of the ancient novel. 1952. Twelve years have handed given that Churchill misplaced to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany.

The Right-Hand Shore

A masterful novel that confronts the dilemmas of race, relations, and forbidden love within the wake of America's Civil War

Fifteen years after the booklet of his acclaimed novel Mason's Retreat, Christopher Tilghman returns to the Mason kinfolk and the Chesapeake Bay within the Right-Hand Shore.

It is 1920, and Edward Mason is creating a name upon omit Mary Bayly, the present proprietor of the mythical Mason kin property, the Retreat. omit Mary is loss of life. She plans to provide the Retreat to the nearest direct descendant of the unique immigrant proprietor that she will locate. Edward believes he can attraction the outdated woman, safe the property and be again in Baltimore by means of lunchtime.

Instead, over the process an extended day, he hears the tales that would without end bind him and his relations to the land. He hears of leave out Mary's grandfather brutally promoting all his slaves in 1857 so as to steer clear of the reprisals he believes will include Emancipation. He hears of the doomed efforts by way of Wyatt Bayly, pass over Mary's father, to show the Retreat right into a great peach orchard, and of leave out Mary and her brother transforming into up in a fractured and warring loved ones. He learns of Abel Terrell, son of unfastened blacks who turns into head orchardist, and whose relations turns into in detail hooked up to the Baylys and to the Mason legacy.

The drama during this richly textured novel proceeds via vibrant set items: on rural nineteenth-century undefined; on a boyhood at the japanese Shore of Maryland; at the unbreakable divisions of race and sophistication; and, eventually, on households trying to store a son and a daughter from the risks in their personal blameless love. the result's a radiant paintings of deep perception and peerless mind's eye in regards to the important drawback of yankee history.

The Right-Hand Shore is a brand new York occasions extraordinary booklet of 2012.

Le Prix de la vérité (La Fille du Pasteur Cullen, Tome 3)

Les deux premiers tomes de l. a. série los angeles Fille du Pasteur Cullen ont remporté un vif succès au Québec et en France. Des dizaines de milliers de lecteurs ont succombé à ses charmes: intrigues, amours, portrait d’époque richement documenté. Le plaisir se poursuit avec ce troisième tome, qui dépeint une société en pleine révolution industrielle, une époque où l. a. liberté devient l’enjeu de toutes les luttes.

Extra info for Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel

Example text

Drew on you? Drew on his brother? It shall be remembered in the account," the old man promised grimly, and fixed his bloodshot eyes upon his younger son. "Come here, you! Come nearer! You're quiet enough now, are you? Are you in your right senses yet? —a thing a very savage would not do. You shall ask his pardon for it here and now, before you pay the rest of your score. On your knees! " Harry did not move. "I ordered you to ask your brother's pardon. " Harry shook his head a little, and maintained his stony regard, not even glancing in Ebrard's direction.

If my hand and Adam's lay severed before you, would you know which was the free, and which the unfree? " "Father, if I have a mind, if I have that faculty of measuring which you call judgement, is it not the gift of God? Am I to bury it in the ground and let it rot? " "That is very well said, Harry! And let me tell you this, law is a compromise, a makeshift, a best that can be done with the material at hand, never finished. — older and wiser and greater minds than yours, compounded it, and I think none who had a hand in it will ever claim that it cannot be bettered.

And you are right to speak out where you think it fails of its purpose, which is justice, though you must beware of thinking that your criticisms are therefore invariably justified. There are doubtless some laws which are bad—though to be plain with you I do not think this is among them—and in time they will be changed. It is a good part to work for such amendment. But while the law is as it is, you are bound by it, and so am I, and we must conform. " "Father, what choice had we? In a year, or two years, or ten, this penalty which I find vile may be done away.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 31 votes