The Distant Land of My Father

The Distant Land of My Father

By:  Bo Caldwell

Anna, the narrator of this riveting novel, lives in a storybook world: exotic pre-World War II Shanghai, with handsome young parents, wealth, and comfort. Her father, the son of missionaries, leads a charmed and secretive life, though his greatest joy is sharing his beloved city with his only daughter. Yet when Anna and her mother flee Japanese-occupied Shanghai to return to California, he stays behind, believing his connections and a little bit of luck will keep him safe.

Through Anna's memories and her father's journals we learn of his fall from charismatic millionaire to tortured prisoner, in a story of betrayal and reconciliation that spans two continents. The Distant Land of My Father, a breathtaking and richly lyrical debut, unfolds to reveal an enduring family love through tragic circumstances.

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156027137

  • ISBN-10: 0156027135

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $15.99

  • Publication Date: 09/09/2002

  • Carton Quantity: 44

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1010L

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Bo Caldwell

Bo Caldwell has published short stories in numerous literary magazines. Her nonfiction writing includes a long-running series of personal essays in the Washington Post Magazine. She is a former Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University, and now lives in Northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen, and her two children.
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    PRAISE FOR THE DISTANT LAND OF MY FATHER

    "A marvelous story, straightforward without being prosaic, full of momentum yet complex and unpredictable."--Los Angeles Times

    "For everyone who has ever felt himself in exile from any beloved place, or a time that can never return."--Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World

    "Remarkable . . . A moving tale of love and the possibility of forgiveness."--Library Journal

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156027137

  • ISBN-10: 0156027135

  • Pages: 400

  • Price: $15.99

  • Publication Date: 09/09/2002

  • Carton Quantity: 44

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1010L

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