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Ten White Geese

A Novel

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Have you ever wanted to disappear and make a new life for yourself where no one knows your name?

Ten White Geese is the eagerly anticipated, internationally bestselling new novel by the winner of the world’s richest literary prize for a single work of fiction. Fans of Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses or Paul Harding’s Tinkers may find in Ten White Geese a new novel to fall in love with.
A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has fled Amsterdam, having just confessed to an affair. On the farm she finds ten geese. One by one they disappear. Who is this woman? Will her husband manage to find her? The young man who stays the night: why won’t he leave? And the vanishing geese?

Set against a stark and pristine landscape, and with a seductive blend of solace and menace, this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman’s silent longing fugitive moments of profound beauty and compassion.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 11, 2013 – Disappearing geese and an inexplicably hostile badger inhabit an otherwise eerily depopulated Welsh landscape in Bakker s second novel (after the award-winning The Twin), which probes the inner landscape of its protagonist to equally mysterious effect. As a Dutch woman who calls herself Emilie, perhaps misleadingly moves around her rented farmhouse and the adjacent property, she has unsettling encounters with the local wildlife, and awkward encounters with town locals, who refuse to believe her story about being attacked by the badger. In Emilie s native Amsterdam, we meet her oblivious parents and bewildered husband, still reacting to the affair with a university student that ended her academic career. What we learn very little about, however, is what she thinks of all this, except for her growing sense of disdain toward her Ph.D. thesis subject, Emily Dickinson. Bakker, while only hinting at what lies behind Emilie s flight from her family, identity, and life, sets the scene for another explosion as his protagonist grows close to another young man, Bradwen Jones, who seems inexplicably drawn to her. Bakker s spare prose gradually builds a sense of urgency beneath this haunting novel s deceptively placid surface.

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Ten White Geese

Don't waste your money. The ending is just horrible no closure can't even be considered a cliff hanger just drops off!!!

Ten White Geese
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Feb 26, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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