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Ships from and sold by Triple . .Entertainment Weekly"It takes a writer of rare power and discipline to carry off an achievement like A Map of the World. Hamilton proves here that she is one of the best. Hamilton has done a nimble job of showing us how precarious the illusion of safety and security really i. - -The New York Times"Hamilton's chillingly accurate prose keeps her fine novel buoyant. She is superb in her observation of the natural world and in her examination of psychological nuance. -The Washington Post.

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A Map of the World book Jane Hamilton is an author from (and still living in) Wisconsin where this book takes place.

A Map of the World book. I have to stop picking up books just because they have Oprah's Book Club writtin on the cover. Jane Hamilton is an author from (and still living in) Wisconsin where this book takes place. the book is about a woman whose life turns upside down in a matter of weeks. It is seriously some of the best prose I have read in a long time.

Oprah's Book Club was a book discussion club segment of the American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, highlighting books chosen by host Oprah Winfrey

Oprah's Book Club was a book discussion club segment of the American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, highlighting books chosen by host Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey started the book club in 1996, selecting a new book, usually a novel, for viewers to read and discuss each month. In total the club recommended 70 books during its 15 years.

The book is concerned with how one seemingly inconsequential moment can alter lives forever. Alice Goodwin, mother of two, school nurse and wife of an aspiring dairy farmer in Wisconsin, is getting ready to take her two daughters and her best friend, Theresa's two little girls to their farm pond to swim. When she goes upstairs to find her bathing suit, Lizzy, Theresa's 2-year-old, slips away to the pond and drowns. It all goes downhill from there.

A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton. A bestselling maze of guilt and doubt culminating in. family’s shattering downfall. The Book of Ruth, by Jame Hamilton. Told from the perspective of a simple, naive woman-in describing the events of her life, reveals perhaps more about herself than she is aware.

Seven years after its publication, The Book of Ruth was chosen for the Oprah Book Club, giving it a second life

Seven years after its publication, The Book of Ruth was chosen for the Oprah Book Club, giving it a second life. In 1994 Hamilton published A Map of the World which became an international best seller, and in 1998, The Short History of a Prince, which won the Heartland Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for Britain's Orange Prize.

A Map of the World: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club). So when Oprah picked A Map of the World for her Bookclub I was anxiously anticipating a good read

A Map of the World: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club). So when Oprah picked A Map of the World for her Bookclub I was anxiously anticipating a good read. I must say that I was far from disappointed for the novel which traces the fall and rise of a farm workers family is indeed a sharply beautiful and elegant work. On the contrary, I found it very rich, textural, and complex in a very human way. I was never bored and whipped through this in less than a week. I found it fascinating.

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin Seven years after its publication, The Book of Ruth was chosen for the Oprah Book Club, giving it a second life.

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine, and her first book, The Book of Ruth, was awarded the 1989 PENHemingway Foundation Award for best first novel. Seven years after its publication, The Book of Ruth was chosen for the Oprah Book Club, giving it a second life. In 1994 Hamilton published A Map of the World which became an international best seller, and in 1998, The Short History of a Prince, which won the Heartland Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for Britain's Orange Prize

From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, urban background, Howard and Alice believe they have found a source of emotional strength in the farm, he tending the barn while Alice works as a nurse in the local elementary school.But their peaceful life is shattered one day when a neighbor's two-year-old daughter drowns in the Goodwins' pond while under Alice's care. Tormented by the accident, Alice descends even further into darkness when she is accused of sexually abusing of a student at the elementary school. Soon, Alice is arrested, incarcerated, and as good as convicted in the eyes of a suspicious community. As a child, Alice designed her own map of the world to find her bearings. Now, as an adult, she must find her way again, through a maze of lies, doubt and ill will. A vivid human drama of guilt and betrayal, A Map of the World chronicles the intricate geographies of the human heart and all its mysterious, uncharted terrain.  The result is a piercing drama about family bonds and a disappearing rural American life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Comments: (7)

snowball
My mom loved it. I love it. But I quickly learned, after I recommended it to my book club for our monthly reading, that it's not a favorite with everyone. Hee hee! The reason I like it so much is that I am amazed how a person can write with such emotion about a topic that one (I'm assuming) hasn't actually experienced. It's a bit dark, according to my book club ladies, but I think those are the books I like the most, apparently!
Aria
I'll preface my critical remarks by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the first of Jane Hamilton's I've read but it certainly won't be the last. I love her writing style, beautifully and seamlessly weaving elements of the story, past and present. It's written in first person from the aspects of a wife and her husband which fleshes out the human condition, a style I'm fond of. Its flaws, in my opinion, are a few places where the internal dialog, especially the wife's, becomes a bit too lengthy bordering on monotony. I also didn't like the last few pages and how they ended the story. There were too many loose ends. It gave the impression that the author simply tired of writing and thus the ending fell flat for me. That being said, the read was beautiful and most enjoyable.
Camper
The good news is that about halfway through, The Map of the World becomes a page turner. You want to find out what is going to happen. It's kind of like gossiping about the neighbors or reading the tabloids. You know that something is wrong, but you're not really sure about all the details.
The bad news about this novel is that all the characters are just so ordinary. Even the extraordinary circumstances in which they find themselves (a toddler drowning and child sex abuse charges) don't serve to bring out anything exceptional in these characters. At the end of this book, I felt that Jane Hamilton had played with her readers by basing her story on such sensational and emotion-filled events. Usually an author uses events like these to bring out the best or worst in her characters. In this case, nothing changes. The Goodhearts (can you believe this name?), are just as ordinary at the end of the book as they were at the beginning. While Hamilton tries to make them seem extraordinary because they are latter day hippies in the middle of suburbia, she does not succeed. The horrible events, not the characters or plot, carry this story. The ending of the book is predictable and not terribly interesting.
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A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
A Map of the World centers around Alice, a woman that seems to march to a different drummer, and apparently does not seem to fit in with regular society. There is nothing really wrong with her, but for some reason, she lacks the social skills that helps others fit in. She is married to a wonderful husband Howard, who is as different from Alice as night is from day. I couldn't understand why anyone would be drawn to Alice, but Howard obviously loved her.
The story opens with Alice in a panic, taking care of her two young daughters and her friend Theresa's two girls, while Theresa is out. Alice obviously does not enjoy taking care of the kids. Motherhood does not suit her.
What happens next is what sets the tone of the book. The younger of Theresa's two girls, Lizzie, drowns outside in the pond where the girls often played. The reader and the characters in the book wonder, "Whose fault was it?" The town has already made up their mind about Alice, and it is not favorable. However, Theresa stands by her friend, despite the great loss she and her husband Dan have just gone through.
This is only the beginning of Alice's troubles. Rumors start to circulate about Alice and her work as a school nurse. What follows is a series of events that threatens to tear Alice's family apart.
From reactions I received from friends, and reading the reviews at Amazon, I've noticed that this is probably one of the more difficult books to get through that Oprah chose for her book club. I'm the only person I know that actually enjoyed this book. What kept me reading was Jane Hamilton's beautiful writing style. That alone was worth reading this book. The story is depressing and the main character is not a likeable person at all. Despite this, I do recommend the book, but with a word of caution, that one needs to be patient in order to finish this book.
A Map of the World (Oprah's Book Club) download epub
Author: Jane Hamilton
ISBN: 0385500769
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday (December 3, 1999)
Pages: 400 pages