Baker & Taylor Spanning two centuries, an intricately woven collection of stories and novellas journey across landscapes of yearning, awakening, loss, and unexpected discovery, as a mapper of the highest mountain peaks discovers his true calling, a young woman must come to terms with a romantic fantasy, and the lives of many other extraordinary characters unfold in a borderland between science and passion.
Norton Pub Exquisite new fictions by the award-winning author of Ship Fever, "a writer we must declare as major" (Newsday). Ranging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery. A mapper of the highest mountain peaks realizes his true obsession. A young woman afire with scientific curiosity must come to terms with a romantic fantasy. Brothers and sisters, torn apart at an early age, are beset by dreams of reunion. Throughout, Barrett's most characteristic themethe happenings in that borderland between science and desireunfolds in the diverse lives of unforgettable human beings. Although each richly layered tale stands independently, readers of Ship Fever (National Book Award winner) and Barrett's extraordinary novel The Voyage of the Narwhal, will discover subtle links both among these new stories and to characters in the earlier works. B/W illustrations. Reading group guide available.
Baker & Taylor Spanning two centuries, an intricately woven collection of stories and novellas journeys across landscapes of yearning, awakening, loss, and unexpected discovery as the lives of extraordinary characters unfold in a borderland between science and passion.