Adrift in a failing marriage, Maya Wise is alone in a strange world far from home in this work of fiction. Intrigued by an elderly Chinese man carrying a caged nightingale, she begins to follow him through the streets and alleys of Hong Kong. Drawn to Ken Tiger and his painful tale of lost love in wartime Shanghai, Maya begins to piece together other stories, other histories from the world around her, and so comes to imagine a different future for herself, resulting in a moving meditation on exile, memory, and the ways in which we reconcile ourselves with loss.This revised edition is for book clubs and provides discussion notes at the end.... the Praia Grande and when the front and back doors hang open you can see all the way through to the hills beyond. ... A long, empty corridor and a maze of peeling rooms. And in the courtyard, the last priest in the colony, his white cassock trailing in the dust. Manuel Teixeira came to convert China. They all did, St Francis, the priests from Rome, all of them. ... He would not go, Father Manuel told the men from Portugal over plates of black olives and small glasses of green wine.
|Title||:||The Last Sky|
|Publisher||:||Fremantle Press - 2010-10-01|