(From the publisher):
A novel set in Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Sicily, and America, about men and women who leave familiar surroundings for foreign landscapes. Their encounters, jolting, unexpected, force them to realize how many riffs there are to being human. Travelers, colonials, immigrants, and returned ex-pats meet or pass each other in a narrative spanning lifetimes.
Plots wind and twist around each other, making surprising links across a wide field. In the book's opening, an American engineer is sent to Vietnam in 1968 to find out why his company's planes keep drifting off course. The solution shakes him and settles him forever in Thailand, married to a new culture. Another marriage between a Thai Muslim and an American woman leads to a rift with her Sicilian family, and years later, her sad, sweet return home is marked by our government's suspicion of her Asian allegiances. The character most in the spotlight is an American tin prospector in Siam of the 1920s, casual in his colonial stance toward his mistress and his proud Muslim manager. At the end, the prospector is back in the States, ever in love with Asian women and burdened with knowing too much of what happened to the faulty planes.
Original title: The Size of the World
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Wild Frontiers And Exotic Lands
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Bohemians & Expatriates
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Linked Stories/novel In Stories