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  One City, One Story 2007: Author & Book  
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One City, One Story

    The Distant Land of My Father
    By Bo Caldwell


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Bo Caldwell; Credit:  Jay Schaefer

Bo Caldwell has published short stories in numerous literary magazines. Her essays have appeared frequently in the Washington Post Magazine. She is a former Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, and now lives in Northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen, and her two children.

(Source: press release, by permission of Harcourt, Inc.)

 


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As THE DISTANT LAND OF MY FATHER opens, Anna, the narrator, is living in a storybook world: exotic, pre-World War II Shanghai, with handsome young parents, wealth, and comfort. Her father, the son of missionaries, is a charming — though secretive — man, whose greatest joy is sharing his beloved city with his only daughter. Yet when Anna and her mother flee Japanese-occupied Shanghai to return to Los Angeles, he stays behind, believing his connections and a little bit of luck will keep him safe.

The story travels to California, where Anna, and her mother, try to rebuild their lives, with the memory of Anna’s father hovering over them — and the constant wait for him to rejoin the family.

Through Anna’s vivid memories and her father’s journals we learn of his fall from charismatic millionaire to tortured prisoner. A breathtaking and richly lyrical story of betrayal and reconciliation that spans several years across continents, THE DISTANT LAND OF MY FATHER unfolds to reveal an enduring family love through tragic circumstances.

 

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