For Grace, the ardent yet puzzled heroine of Andrea Barrett’s third novel, this trip has been planned as a three-week stay: she’s to play dutiful wife to Walter, her prominent scientist husband, at the 1986 Beijing International Conference on the Effects of Acid Rain. Walter is twelve years older than Grace, and as sour as the rain he studies; he and Grace are at a particularly troubled point in their marriage. Their tightly circumscribed visit, however, becomes a journey infinitely less tidy and more complex as Grace falls forever out of love with her husband and very much in love with this country and its culture. In the chaos of the Beijing streets and in the home of her new friends Dr. Yu and her son Zaofan, Grace finds the web of life she’s been too lost to perceive. “Time you spend in the past and future is time you spend alone,” Dr. Yu tells her. “But between them there is a middle kingdom, both feet planted here.”
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.42(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Andrea Barrett is the author of Archangel, The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
Hometown:Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:November 16, 1954
Place of Birth:Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Education:B.A., Union College
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An exhilarating book…wonderful insights….Ms. Barrett has captured a truly authentic Beijing….
An exhilerating book... wonderful insights.... Ms. Barrett has captured a truly authentic Beijing.”