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Natives and Exotics

Natives and Exotics

(2005)
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A gardener flees the violence of the Clearances in early nineteenth-century Scotland for the Portuguese Azores, unaware that he will have a hand in destroying the earthly paradise he finds there. In 1929 his great-great-granddaughter, helping to settle the wilds of Australia, confronts troubling traces of her country's past. Forty years later her own granddaughter is ravished by the beauty of a South American country her diplomat parents are engaged in despoiling.

In the manner of W. G. Sebald's The Emigrants, the novel follows these three characters, linked by blood and legacy, through four stories that span a period from the discovery of the first dinosaur bones to the unsettling revelation that the continents drift. With cameo appearances by Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, Natives and Exotics is a hypnotic meditation on our passionate, uneasy affair with nature, in which we restlessly search for home.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Natives and Exotics
Author(s): Jane Alison
ISBN: 0-15-101201-6 / 978-0-15-101201-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

April 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Natives and Exotics
Author(s): Jane Alison
ISBN: 0-15-603247-3 / 978-0-15-603247-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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