Eric is an uncertain, awkward young man, a would-be writer, and a traveller in spite of himself.
Happy to follow his more confident girlfriend to Mexico, he is overwhelmed with sensory overload, but gradually seduced - by the strangeness, the colour, the mysteries of an older world.
He finds himself on a curious quest for his own family in a 'ghost' mining town, now barely inhabited, where almost a hundred years earlier young Cornish miners worked the rich seams in the earth.
On the D-a de los Muertos, the feast day when the locals celebrate and remember their dead, the various strands of the novel come together hauntingly, bringing together past and present in a moment of quiet, powerful epiphany.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/04/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099472087
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Review by denmoir
Evocative, atmospheric, a little exotic for those who have no knowledge of Mexico; a very slight story, more like journalling your genealogy research. She captures the emotion of discovery of ancestors, the imagining of their lives, the feeling of regret for their misfortunes