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The World Before Us

Aislinn Hunter


PUBLISHED: 26th March 2015
ISBN: 9780241146880
The World Before Us
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PUBLISHED: 26th March 2015
ISBN: 9780241146880

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The World Before Us is Aislinn Hunter's haunting novel of trauma, loss, history and memory - set in a Victorian asylum and a quirky London museum.

Jane was fifteen when her life changed for ever. In the woods surrounding a Yorkshire country house, she took her eyes off the little girl she was minding and the girl slipped into the trees - never to be seen again.

Now an adult, Jane is obsessed with another disappearance: that of a young woman who walked out of a Victorian lunatic asylum one day in 1877. As Jane pieces together moments in history, forgotten stories emerge - of sibling jealousy, illicit affairs, and tragic death . . .

'Ambitious, inticate . . . cleverly innovates while tipping a nod to classic Gothic tropes: dynastic rivalries, crumbling country houses, madhouses and vanished girls' National Post (Canada)

'A brilliant work of humanity and imagination, artful and breathtakingly beautiful. It will continue to haunt long after you have finished reading' Helen Humphreys, author of Nocturne

'Powerful, thought-provoking, haunting and haunted . . . Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, it forces you to look at the world - the people around you, the objects they hold dear - in a different light' Globe and Mail (Canada)

Aislinn Hunter is the author of a novel, Stay; a collection of stories, What's Left Us; and two collections of poetry, Into the Early Hours and The Possible Past. The World Before Us is her first book of fiction in twelve years. After travelling to London and Edinburgh over the past few years to study for a PhD, Aislinn Hunter now lives and teaches in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Author Biography

Aislinn Hunter is the author of a novel, Stay; a collection of stories, What's Left Us; and two collections of poetry, Into the Early Hours and The Possible Past. The World Before Us is her first book of fiction in twelve years. After travelling to London and Edinburgh over the past few years to study for a PhD, Aislinn Hunter now lives and teaches in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Review

Haunting . . . a compelling exploration of how memory shapes and is shaped by individuals and society Kirkus A brilliant work of humanity and imagination, artful and breathtakingly beautiful. It will continue to haunt long after you have finished reading -- Helen Humphreys, author of Nocturne Ambitious, intricate . . . cleverly innovates while tipping a nod to classic Gothic tropes: dynastic rivalries, crumbling country houses, madhouses and vanished girls National Post (Canada) Intricately composed and gripping, ambitious and original Quill and Quire Daring and mesmerizing. A haunting, irresistible story and an urgent mystery about what it means to pass through this life. Absorbing, luminous and powerfully human -- Alison MacLeod, author of Unexploded Powerful, thought-provoking, haunting and haunted . . . Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, it forces you to look at the world - the people around you, the objects they hold dear - in a different light Globe and Mail (Canada) Hunter takes well-worn gothic themes - mysterious disappearances, family secrets, madness, ghostly presences - and makes them into something strange and new. A great achievement. -- Barbara Taylor, author of The Last Asylum A complex, subtle, and utterly haunting meditation on memory, history, and mortality. This book is magnificent -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven Strange and absorbing . . . I relished this book Penelope Lively, The New York Times Book Review An original and intelligent novel about the past and its persistent power in the present Sunday Times Beguiling, richly suggestive . . . a tantalising mystery Metro Sensitive, melancholy, sharply observant. A work of great power Guardian Publisher's description. Haunting and intricate, a tale of interlinking disappearances across history, where the present meets the past and old ghosts linger in the mind. A lost child, an escaped asylum inmate, a lonely young museum curator, and a centuries-old mystery waiting to be uncovered... Penguin

Product Details

Author
Aislinn Hunter
Pages
432
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0241146887
ISBN-13
9780241146880
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Publication Date
2015-03-26
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade