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Ursula, Under

(2004)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a dangerous rescue effort draws the ears and eyes of the entire country. A two-year-old girl has fallen down a mine shaft and it is as if all hope for life on the planet is bound up in her rescue. Little Ursula Wong is the first and only child of a young woman of Finnish extraction and her Chinese-American husband. The Wongs live in a decrepit mobile home and their child is designated by one member of the TV audience as 'half-breed trailer trash', not worth all the attention and expense. Oh yeah? responds the story's narrative voice. Let's just see. And here the novel explodes into a grand saga of culture, history and heredity. By its end, we've met, among others of Ursula Wong's ancestors, a second-century-B.C. Chinese alchemist; an orphaned consort to a sixteenth-century Swedish queen; Professor Alabaster Wong, a Chautauqua troupe lecturer on exotic Chinese topics travelling the Midwest at the end of the nineteenth century; and Ursula's great-great-grandfather, Jake Maki, a mine worker who died in a cave-in at age twenty-nine.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : USA Turtleback
Title: Ursula, Under
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 0-606-33468-8 / 978-0-606-33468-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Ursula, Under (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 1-56512-388-3 / 978-1-56512-388-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ursula Under
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 1-78470-213-7 / 978-1-78470-213-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ursula Under
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 0-09-947986-9 / 978-0-09-947986-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ursula, Under
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 0-14-303545-2 / 978-0-14-303545-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ursula, Under
Author(s): Ingrid Hill
ISBN: 0-224-07501-2 / 978-0-224-07501-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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