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The Zigzag Way

(2004)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
In her long, distinguished career, Anita Desai has focused her capacious vision on questions of culture and identity. Her mesmerizing new novel, The Zigzag Way, brings her fiction to an unexpected region of the world: mythical, lush Mexico. In this seductive landscape, a young American stumbles upon an unlikely path to self-discovery.
Eric is a newly minted historian just out of graduate school, unsure of his past choices and future options. With no clear direction, he follows his lover, Em, when she travels to the Yucatan for her scientific research, but he ends up alone in this foreign place. And so he pursues his own private quest, tracing his family's history to a Mexican ghost town, where, a hundred years earlier, young Cornish miners toiled to the death. With vivid sympathy, Desai conjures the struggles of Eric's grandparents and their community.
Now, in place of the Cornish workers, the native Huichol Indians suffer the cruelty of the mines. When he inquires into their lives, Eric provokes the ire of their self-appointed savior, Do&#241;a Vera. Known as the "Queen of the Sierra," Do&#241;a Vera is the widow of a mining baron who has dedicated her fortune to preserving the Huichol culture. But her formidable presence belies a dubious past.
The zigzag paths of these characters converge on the Day of the Dead, bringing together past and present in a moment of powerful epiphany. Haunting and atmospheric, with splashes of exuberant color and darker violence, The Zigzag Way is a magical novel of elegiac beauty.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: The Zigzag Way: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-618-04215-6 / 978-0-618-04215-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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September 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: The Zigzag Way
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-7011-7743-8 / 978-0-7011-7743-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

February 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Zigzag Way
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-618-61980-1 / 978-0-618-61980-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Zigzag Way
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-09-947208-2 / 978-0-09-947208-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Zigzag Way
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-09-948494-3 / 978-0-09-948494-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Zigzag Way: A Novel
Author(s): Anita Desai
Publisher: Mariner Books
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June 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Zigzag Way
Author(s): Anita Desai
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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