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The Wilderness (Paperback)

Author:  Samantha Harvey
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307454770
ISBN-13: 9780307454775
Sku: 211534608
Publish Date: 4/6/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  371
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With his memories slowly eroding thanks to the ravages of Alzheimers, Jake Jameson, a sixty-five-year-old architect on the verge of retirement, struggles to preserve his sense of identity by building stories about his feelings and the events of his life, unaware that even his clearest recollections may not be true. A first novel. 30,000 first printing. *Author: Harvey, Samantha *Publication Date: 2010/04/06 *Number of Pages: 371 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
In Samantha Harvey's hypnotic and intentionally disorienting first novel, Jake, a man sliding into the abyss of Alzheimer's disease, struggles to remember the facts of his life, desperate to remember the reasons for his mother's and wife's deaths and why his son is in prison. Like a mystery unfolding backwards, THE WILDERNESS moves from a state of fragile clarity into the agony of confusion. Though a formally difficult work, especially in the later sections, THE WILDERNESS, which was nominated for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, is an ingenious and troubling concept that is wonderfully executed--Jake's pain is powerfully felt.


"THE WILDERNESS is Samantha Harvey's first novel, but it feels like a mature work..." - Britt Peterson 02/01/2009

"While most books about Alzheimer's are written from the outside looking in, this one stays within the ever-narrowing parameters of Jacob's mind." - Sue Halpern 02/15/2009

"THE WILDERNESS bills itself as a novel about a man who's losing his mind to Alzheimer's, but it's far more...than that. It's closer to Virginia Woolf's meditative novels than anything else I can think of." - Carolyn See 02/20/2009

"When describing Jake's confusion, Samantha Harvey uses her precise and unostentatious style to full effect....[Jake's] struggle becomes as oppressive to the reader as it is to [him], and absolution comes only when...he finally loses his mind completely..." - Alexander Starritt 05/01/2009

"Samantha Harvey's debut novel is a brave and intelligent crafting of narrative around narrative's ruins in the mind of a sufferer from Alzheimer's Disease. Without memory, self and story crumble, though for a while the losses made by the shrivelling brain can be circumvented. Harvey submerges the reader in a literary unfolding of dementia." - Stevie Davies 02/27/2009

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0371
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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