The Edge of the Earth
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret.
In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably.
Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart’s Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she’s restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her preordained life.
But escape turns out to be more fraught than Trudy had imagined. Alienated from family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse at Point Lucia, California—an unnervingly isolated outcropping, trapped between the ocean and hundreds of miles of inaccessible wilderness. There they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the formidable and guarded Crawleys. In this unfamiliar place, Trudy will find that nothing is as she might have predicted, especially after she discovers what hides among the rocks.
Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the dramatic geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths. Christina Schwarz, celebrated for her rich evocation of place and vivid, unpredictable characters, has spun another haunting and unforgettable tale.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Thank you, Christina
This is an outstanding read. I would think anyone who reads this would just rush to re-read the opening chapter again to bring everything full circle. I finished the book yesterday and have re-read the last two chapters and the first chapter several times since. What a moving book! I was going to read something else next, but I'm off to read Christina Schwarz's first novel. I simply need to fill my spirit with more of that kind of writing.
I should say that I'm a guy. I avoid so-called "chick-lit". But there are a few books that rise above categories and labels. This is one of those. I was reminded when reading this of how much I enjoyed "A Thousand Acres" and "The Poisonwood Bible." To the extent that this isn't in that league it's really only because it's so much shorter than those two books. The quality of writing, the sense of place and time, and the degree to which the reader is drawn in is very much the same.
In sum, thank you Christina! Come to Chicago and speak so we can all listen to you talk about your books!