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A Map of the World - Jane Hamilton
A Map of the World
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From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although... show more
From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will. A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain.  The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385720106 (0385720106)
ASIN: 385720106
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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alienintheheights
alienintheheights rated it
too depressing. did not finish
elisas8
elisas8 rated it
4.0 A Map of the World
this book started out so intense, it was almost brutal to read. i felt like it got a bit less heavy as it went along (ironic considering the subject matter - sexual abuse of a 6 year old) but remained pretty intense. i was always wanting to read on and keep turning the pages, but needing to put th...
javajunco
javajunco rated it
3.0 A Map of the World
I gave a book to a coworker, saying that it was one of the most depressing books I'd ever read, but that I thought she might like it. In return, I think she felt compelled to suggest something depressing in return. This was pretty depressing. I didn't care for the protagonist at all, and I never r...
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