A Far Country by Daniel Mason

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From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, a stunning novel about a young girl’s journey through a vast, unnamed country in search of her brother.

Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of “seeing farther.” When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she’s ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again.


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About Daniel Mason

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Daniel Mason received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard in 1998 and spent a year studying malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border, where much of The Piano Tuner was written. He is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco.
 
Published March 6, 2007 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The setting of Daniel Mason’s second novel seems more like a metaphor for the undeveloped world than an actual place.

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The woman is perhaps only as rich as the average reader, but to Isabel she may as well be Ivana Trump, and her disdain infuriates the normally placid Isabel — the first independent judgment she renders on her inequitable world.

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The Guardian

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A Far Country Daniel Mason Picador £16.99, pp272 A Far Country, Daniel Mason's long-awaited second novel, is set in an unnamed part of South America, where 14-year-old Isabel leaves her drought-stricken rural home for an urban slum.

Mar 25 2007 | Read Full Review of A Far Country

The Guardian

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A Far Country by Daniel Mason 271pp, Pan Macmillan, £15.99 Daniel Mason's first novel, written while a medical research student in Thailand, was a massive success.

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Isabel yearns for her brother, and when she is needed to babysit for a few weeks for her cousin in the same city that has swallowed Isaias, she is eager to follow him.

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Deseret News

In a Nutshell: In this journey novel, Mason tells a riveting account of a 14-year-old girl who makes a difficult, frightening journey from one part of her vast country to another in a desperate search for her missing brother.

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Josiane is baffled by Isabel's search, which consists of wandering the city aimlessly, hoping she runs into Isaias.

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