Eventually Baptiste turns his back on the Old World and returns to the New, determined to find his true place there. He travels into the heart of the American wilderness, and into the depths of his mother's soul, on an epic quest for identity that brings sacrifice, loss, and the distant promise of redemption.
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“One of the most satisfying works of fiction that I have read in years . . . Sargent sends the youthful Baptiste on a multi-leveled grand tour of discovery that never lets up or disappoints . . . With wit, humor, detailed understanding of the time, imagination and uncomplicated storytelling, Sargent opens a door on an era.” —Maine Sunday Telegram
“It’s spooky like Hawthorne with a Toni-Morrison-like sense of place. It’s a huge and important story.” –-Joan Connor, AWP Award winner, for History Lessons
“[Sargent’s] sophisticated use of language permeates this tale . . . the age-old struggle to find true identity by testing different worlds becomes unique in this debut novel that belongs with the best of historical fiction.” --Foreword Magazine