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Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel by Dominic Smith

By Dominic Smith

From the award-winning writer of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and the gorgeous Miscellaneous comes a sweeping historic novel set amid the skyscrapers of Eighteen Nineties Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific.

With severe compliment lavished on his first novels, Dominic Smith has turn into a celebrated and deeply respected storyteller. shiny and far-off seashores, his most modern novel, bargains a beautiful exploration of late-nineteenth-century the United States and the tribal Pacific. It's an epic trip that enthusiasts of old fiction won't ever forget.

In the waning years of the 19th century there has been a starvation for tribal artifacts, spawning accumulating voyages from museums and creditors worldwide. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago assurance rich person, sponsors an day trip into the South Seas to commemorate the final touch of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest construction. The send is to convey again an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but additionally a number of natives similar by means of blood.

Caught up during this scheme are orphans--Owen Graves, an itinerant dealer from Chicago's South facet who has lately proposed to the woman he needs to depart at the back of, and Argus Niu, a venture houseboy within the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited together with his sister. on the cusp of the 20th century, the excursion forces a collision direction among the tribal and the civilized, among younger males laid low with their respective and haunting pasts.

An epic and impressive tale that brings to brain E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, vibrant and far away shorelines is a wondrous success by way of a author identified for developing compelling fiction from the cloth of history.

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