Field Guide

A Novel

Gwendolen Gross

Henry Holt and Co.

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In this mesmerizing first novel a young American graduate student abandons her research deep in the Australian rain forest to investigate her professor's mysterious disappearance.

Annabel Mendelssohn has an unusual but oddly satisfying life -- studying spectacled fruit bats in the rain forest of Australia. She spends her free time discovering waterfalls and e-mailing her sister, Alice, who has settled for the more domesticated science of grant administration. Although she has an unfriendly roommate and occasionally fears that loggers will disturb her bats, all seems to be going according to plan, until Annabel's mentor, the enigmatic Professor John Goode, suddenly disappears.

Haunted by the ambiguous circumstances surrounding her brother's death two years earlier, Annabel becomes obsessed with finding the professor. Meanwhile, after learning of his father's disappearance, Leon Goode leaves his teaching job in a Boston museum to join the search. In the vibrant, unpredictable rain forest, Annabel and Leon come to realize that truth reveals itself in more ways than one.

As it unmasks the secrets of the rain forest and of tangled human emotions, this deftly written and suspenseful tale casts a spell over mind and heart.

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"...Gwolen Gross's poetic sensibility makes this a finely crafted novel pulsing with little jolts of meaning, connection, and perception." (Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson)

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Gwendolen Gross

Gwolen Gross was selected for the PEN West Emerging Writers Program and completed an M.F.A. in Poetry and Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. She spent a semester in Australia researching spectacled fruit bats. Field Guide is her first novel.

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Field Guide
A Novel
Gwendolen Gross

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805064926
ISBN10: 0805064923
5 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$23.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
April 2001
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963046
ISBN10: 1429963042
288 pages
$7.99
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