The Lost Country

The “lost country” of the title is the familiar country of innocence and security known as youth—a country we have all known and which, occasionally, in a book like this one, we are able to rediscover. The Lost Country is the story of a boy, Jim Blackstarr, who grows up on a farm in Virginia. As a child, he delights in the beauty that surrounds him: the rivers and hills and trees, the seasons of the year, all the shapes and textures and patterns of his world. But as he […]

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Lilith

Lilith is a powerfully drawn portrait of innocence corrupted by evil, an evil so brilliant, so beautiful, so imaginatively conceived that even its violence and amorality have a fantastic splendor of their own. This is the evil of Lilith, a wildly deranged young woman who creates for herself a strange paradise of fantasy, poetry, and passion which she inhabits in preference to the real world. Her world has its own language, its own philosophy, its own music and art, all exquisitely constructed and richly sensual in their design. And it […]

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A Sea Change

It is J. R. Salamanca’s special gift to create in his novels a world of feeling—in The Lost Country, a pastoral world; in Lilith, a world of fever and dementia; here, a romantic and loving world corrupted by the death of desire. The story of a marriage is told. Michael, still young, looks back—to his passionate courtship of his wife, Margaret, in Washington after the war.; to the ecstatic beginning of their life together (one flesh, one sensibility, one name even: “Mickey” to each other); to almost blind consummation of […]

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Embarkation

He loved the sea. He loved whiskey. He loved many women. But in his reckless obsession with a monstrous vision, he was willing to sacrifice everything he loved, even his three children.

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Southern Light

The first book in thirteen years by the acclaimed author of Lilith and A Sea Change, Southern Light is a major American novel, a haunting love story that has the lyrical density and symbolic resonance of a great poem. Southern Light tells the story of Dr. Carl Ransome, a lonely and disillusioned man who, in retirement, has found a haven on a small island in Chesapeake Bay. Here he encounters the tormented sightless woman Sylvie, and together they are drawn into a web of confession and self-disclosure. Ransome’s story, as […]

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That Summer’s Trance

Ben Oakshaw is a gifted young American studying at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he distinguishes himself by the power and originality of his performances. During his days at the Academy he is captivated by a fellow student, an English girl named Jill. Their long, intense affair comes to an end when Ben meets Priscilla, an American girl who works at the American Embassy in London. They fall in love and marry. Years later, Priscilla and Ben attend a play which Jill has written. They go backstage to […]

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