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The Wilderness

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The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
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Apr 06, 2010 | ISBN 9780307454775

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Praise

 
“Closer to Virginia Woolf’s meditative novels than anything else I can think of. . . . This is . . . Mrs. Dalloway prose.” —Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World

“[A] brave imagining of [Alzheimer’s]…. There are moments of clarity; there is the persistence of desire; there are enduring long-term memories that remain after there is no capacity to recall what was for breakfast or if there was breakfast or what the thing called breakfast is.” —The New York Times 
 
“Harvey infuses the text with compassion. [The Wilderness] conveys the importance of dignity and respect for those we love, no matter what their affliction.” —Las Vegas Review-Journal
 
“A stunning composition of human fragility and intensity.” —The Guardian (London)

The Wilderness is Samantha Harvey’s first novel, but it feels like a mature work, as well crafted and as cryptic . . . as an ancient boat found preserved in the peat of the northern-England moors where the book is mostly set.” —Bookforum
 
“A really exciting debut is as rare as it ever was. Samantha Harvey’s first novel is an extraordinary dramatization of a mind in the process of disintegration. . . . Brilliant.” —The Times (London)
 
“Very moving. . . . Touches a resounding chord of melancholy. . . . [Harvey] makes you realize that memory can never quite be trusted.” —The Scotsman
 
“A haunting, intelligent novel, crowded with powerful characters, told in a language that is never ordinary, but always clear and elegant.” Tessa Hadley, author of The Master Bedroom and Sunstroke and Other Stories
 
“Raises intriguing queries about the nature of memory—why we remember what we do, and why we forget.” —Ottawa Citizen 
 
“A brave and intelligent crafting of narrative . . . . A mesmerizing work of patient compassion, bearing Jake deep into the vortex.” —The Independent (London)

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