From the celebrated author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion comes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time.
On Sale: May 26, 2007
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In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country,
a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work
their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who
makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family,
until it is riven by an incident of violence—of both hand
and heart—that sets fire to the rest of their lives.
Divisadero takes us from the city of San Francisco to the
raucous backrooms of Nevada’s casinos and eventually to the
landscape of south-central France. It is here, outside a
small rural village, that Anna becomes immersed in the life
and the world of a writer from an earlier time—Lucien
Segura. His compelling story, which has its beginnings at
the turn of the century, circles around “the raw truth” of
Anna’s own life, the one she’s left behind but can never
truly leave. And as the narrative moves back and forth in
time and place, we discover each of the characters managing
to find some foothold in a present rough hewn from the past.
Breathtakingly evoked and with unforgettable characters,
Divisadero is a multilayered novel about passion, loss, and
the unshakable past, about the often discordant demands of
family, love, and memory. It is Michael Ondaatje’s most
intimate and beautiful novel to date.
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