Bright and Distant Shores

Dominic Smith
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A brilliant novel that is at once a rollicking yarn and a beautiful love story, with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and exotic settings - a feat of imagination and storytelling.

They were showing the savages on the rooftop - that was the word at the kerbstone.

Set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific, Bright and Distant Shores is both a sweeping epic and a triumph of lyrical storytelling. Chicago First Equitable has won the race to construct the world's tallest building and its president, Hale Gray, hits upon a surefire way to make it an enduring landmark: to establish on the roof an exhibition of real-life 'savages'. He sponsors a South Seas voyage to collect not only weaponry and artefacts, but also 'several natives related by blood' for the company's rooftop spectacle. Caught up in this scheme are two orphans: Owen Graves, the voyage's head trader from Chicago's South Side, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in Melanesia - two young men haunted by their pasts.

With echoes of Melville, Doctorow and Carey, Bright and Distant Shores is at once a remarkable love story and a breathtaking adventure that chronicles the clash of the tribal and the civilised at a pivotal moment in history. An extraordinary feat of imagination and storytelling, it will wholly seduce you.

Author bio:

Dominic Smith grew up in the Blue Mountains and in Bondi Beach but has spent half his life in the United States. He is the award-winning author of two novels published in the US, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781742374161
Awards: Short-listed Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Fiction Award 2012 AU; Short-listed The Age Book of the Year, Fiction category 2011 AU; Short-listed Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 2011 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2011
Page Extent: 512
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Literary fiction

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