Landfalls (Paperback)

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In this historical epic told in a series of vignettes, Williams is deft at bridging the gap between history and speculation. This character-driven account of a doomed French expedition brings to mind the historical fiction of Laila Lalami or Amitav Ghosh--rich in texture and character and research. There is also a dusting of playfulness that comes through even when the stakes are highest--a real treat!

— Ruby


Long-listed for the NBCC's John Leonard Prize
A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year

The gripping story of a dramatic eighteenth-century voyage of discovery from Naomi J. Williams

In 1785, the Laperouse expedition left Brest with two frigates, more than two hundred men, and overblown ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France. This astonishingly inventive novel charts the course of their adventure.

Deeply grounded in historical fact but refracted through a powerful imagination, Naomi J. Williams's Landfalls follows the exploits and heartbreaks not only of the men on the ships but also of the people affected by the voyage--natives and other Europeans the explorers encountered, loved ones left waiting at home, and those who survived and remembered the expedition later. By turns comic, elegiac, and profound, Landfalls is an absorbing tale of the high seas and the world on the cusp of a new era.

About the Author

Naomi J. Williams lives in Northern California with her family. Landfalls is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250097491
ISBN-10: 1250097495
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English