Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel

Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel

by Dominic Smith
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Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel by Dominic Smith

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a sweeping historical novel set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific.

In the waning years of the nineteenth century there was a hunger for tribal artifacts, spawning collecting voyages from museums and collectors around the globe. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago insurance magnate, sponsors an expedition into the South Seas to commemorate the completion of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest building. The ship is to bring back an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but also several natives related by blood.

Caught up in this scheme are two orphans—Owen Graves, an itinerant trader from Chicago's South Side who has recently proposed to the girl he must leave behind, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited with his sister. At the cusp of the twentieth century, the expedition forces a collision course between the tribal and the civilized, between two young men plagued by their respective and haunting pasts.

An epic and ambitious story that brings to mind E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Bright and Distant Shores is a wondrous achievement by a writer known for creating compelling fiction from the fabric of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439198889
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 278,786
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He holds an MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.

His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. In 2006, his debut novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre received the Steven Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught recently at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. Find out more at www.dominicsmith.net.

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Bright and Distant Shores 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent.  Highly recommended.  Wonderful character development.  Great historical fiction.  Loved both the distant island settings and information about Chicago.  Unusual voyage to fine artifacts and specimens.  Showed complex  characters - both good and evil in each.   This book was well worthy my time and money.  A+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the style of a classic. Good character development. Well written. Enjoyable to read. I would recommend this for quiet evening reading.
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