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Lost Geography

Lost Geography

A Novel

Charlotte Bacon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



A heart-breaking novel by a prize-winning young writer

In a debut novel that is a triumph of wit and feeling, Charlotte Bacon explores the transitions that sixty years visit upon the members of an unforgettable family--a Saskatchewan woman and her Scottish husband; their plucky daughter, who moves to Toronto; and her remarkable daughter, who lives in France with her Turkish-English husband. Lost Geography takes the complexity of migration as its central subject: Why do landscape, work, and family lock some people in place and release others? In settings both rural and urban, these stalwart, tragically dispersed yet resilient people respond not only to new environments and experiences but to the eruption of sudden loss and change.
As the settings and characters shift in this wise, resonant book, readers are invited to see how habits of survival translate from one generation to another. How are we like our forebears? How does circumstance make us alter what our heritage has told us is important? With unfailing subtlety and elegance, Lost Geography teaches us, in a luminous sequence of intense personal dramas, that what keeps us alive isn't so much our ability to understand the details of our past as having the luck and courage to survive the assaults of both the present and history.


Praise for Lost Geography

“Impressive . . . Bacon brings the acute, exquisite eye of a cartographer to this engrossing gazetteer about survival, heartache and the frayed edges of memory.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Lyrical and convincing . . . These stories ring true because of Bacon's skill at portraying the complex relations among husbands, wives, lovers and children.” —Gloria Rohman, The New York Times Book Review

“Bacon's prose gifts shine.” —Seattle Times

“Bacon's prose is lyrical and exact. Her descriptions of the ways in which love compels risk in each generation are fresh and moving, and her portraits of several complex women, each struggling to find her unique strength and identity while passing on a sense of life's possibilities, is often exhilarating. A resonant, impressive debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A neatly interwoven story of landscape, personal history, and survival . . . With well-drawn characters and a subtle palette for a plot, this is a very good book about loss and change.” —Library Journal

“Impressive . . . [Bacon's] prose has a pleasing simplicity that makes the book a quick and pleasurable read.” —Publishers Weekly

“I found myself pausing on every page to admire an apt metaphor or psychological insight. And these aren't just raisins stuck in a cake--they're seemlessly incorporated, flowing from paragraph to paragraph.” —Newsday

“A gorgeous debut . . . Bacon writes with an elegant calm.” —US Weekly

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About the author

Charlotte Bacon

Charlotte Bacon, born in 1965 and educated at Harvard and Columbia, teaches English at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Her collection of stories, A Private State, was awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998.

Charlotte Bacon

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