The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
A Novel

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These grander literary concepts are conveyed in Hay’s elegant prose, which draws warm and textured portraits as it celebrates the web of human stories woven around this harbor — from the first aboriginal inhabitants through the early British settlers and on into the tumult of modern urban life. Within that sprawl, Hay discovers beauty.
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From the acclaimed author of the “exquisitely written and deeply felt” (Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord) novel The Railwayman’s Wife comes a magical and gorgeously wrought tale of an astonishing event that connects three people across three hundred years.

Imagine you looked up at just the right moment and saw something completely unexpected. What if it was something so marvelous that it transformed time and space forever?

The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one such extraordinary moment—a man falling from the sky, and surviving—and of the three men who see it, in different ways and at different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the 1700s, a bridge worker in the 1930s, and an expatriate banker returning home in the early twenty-first century: all three are transformed by this one magical event. And all three are struggling to understand what the meaning of “home” is, and how to recognize it once you’re there.

Widely praised for her “poetic gifts” (Booklist) and “graceful, supremely honest, [and] thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews) prose, Ashley Hay has crafted a luminous and unforgettable novel about the power of story, its ability to define the world around us, and the questions that transcend time.
 

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Ashley Hay is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels The Body in the Clouds and The Railwayman’s Wife, which was honored with the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, among numerous other accolades. She has also written four nonfiction books. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.
 
Published July 18, 2017 by Atria Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 02 2017

A finely woven tapestry of poetic language and subtle symbols, intertwined dreams, hopes, and visions, and a sense of seeing through cracks—perhaps to an eternity where time is no more and all is known. Thought-provoking.

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Above average
Reviewed by JAMES McNAMARA on Sep 08 2017

These grander literary concepts are conveyed in Hay’s elegant prose, which draws warm and textured portraits as it celebrates the web of human stories woven around this harbor — from the first aboriginal inhabitants through the early British settlers and on into the tumult of modern urban life. Within that sprawl, Hay discovers beauty.

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