The finalinstallment in Tim Pears's spellbinding chronicle of love, exile and belonging in a world on the brink of change.
It is 1916. The world has gone to war, and young Leo Sercombe, hauling coal aboard the HMSQueen Mary, is a long way from home. The wild, unchanging West Country roads of his boyhood seem very far away from life aboard a battlecruiser-a universe of well-oiled steel, of smoke and spray and sweat, where death seems never more than a heartbeat away.
Skimming through those West Country roads on her motorcycle, Lottie Prideaux defies the expectations of her class and gender as she covertly studies to be a vet. But the steady rhythms of Lottie's practice, her comings and goings between her neighbors and their animals, will be blown apart by a violent act of betrayal, and a devastating loss.
In a world torn asunder by war, everything dances in flux: how can the old ways of life survive, and how can the future be imagined, in the face of such unimaginable change? How can Leo, lost and wandering in the strange and brave new world, ever hope to find his way home?
The final installment in Tim Pears's exquisite West Country Trilogy,The Redeemedis a timeless, stirring, and exquisitely wrought story of love, loss, and destiny fulfilled, and a bittersweet elegy to a lost world.
"The genius of these books lies in their dramatic, detailed descriptions of work and their quiet celebration of the creatures and human devices of the English countryside of a vanished era." -The Washington Post on the West Country Trilogy
“In this powerful, episodic sequelThe Horseman (2017), Leo Sercombe starts his journey west in June 1912, at the point the first story ended . . . Thought provoking, homespun, and poignantly drawn from the earth (like Raw Meadows' I Will Send Rain, 2016), this second in a trilogy is an unforgettable treasure and will have readers eagerly anticipating the finale.” —Starred review, Booklist, on THE WANDERERS
“This elegaic second novel in Pears's West Country Trilogy (afterThe Horseman) movingly depicts life in the English countryside on the even of the First World War . . . this majestic, foreboding novel paints an emotional portrait of a land on the cusp of turmoil.” —Publishers Weekly, on THE WANDERERS
“A marvelously imagined reconstruction of a lost world and vanished way of life . . . Tim Pears combines a down-to-earth rendering of the realities of rural life with a magical sense of another world beyond our everyday experience.” —Wall Street Journal on THE HORSEMAN
“Pears steadily and satisfyingly branches out, unfurling his canvas and introducing characters we want to see more of, plus a raft of unresolved issues and emotions . . . [a] beautiful and engaging novel. Bring on the second act.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune, on THE HORSEMAN
“[A] lovingly detailed almanac of a tale . . . a gloriously devoted poem to England's past.” —Kirkus Reviews, on THE HORSEMAN
“Goodness, Tim Pears writes beautifully … the descriptions of rural life, executed with painterly exactness, are a constant delight. The prose really sings” —Mail on Sunday
“A gorgeously hypnotic paean to rural England ... Peppered with moments of awestruck wonder at the natural world” —Melissa Harrison, Guardian
“Loud with brilliantly captured voices and vividly drawn characters … A lyrical journey worth undertaking” —Daily Mail
“His prose is luminous, drawing in the reader … Pears' fiction has been likened to Thomas Hardy's, and the comparison is apposite. As a coming-of-age novel, it is wise and insightful … And as a portrayal of rural Edwardian England, it is powerful, vivid and humane” —Hannah Beckerman, Observer
“The pleasure of it lies in taking in the language and the setting – the West country, in 1911 and 1912 – and in reading it like a long poem, with each chapter a stanza” —Jane Smiley, Guardian
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