Pieces of Light

Pieces of Light

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Seven when he is sent from Africa back to England to live with his eccentric uncle, Hugh Arkwright is long troubled by his mother's disappearance, and returns to his childhood home as an adult to try to find clues to the past

Blackwell North Amer
At the age of seven Hugh is wrenched from a wondrous childhood in the African bush when his parents pack him off to "civilized" England, there to be raised by an eccentric uncle whose devotion to theosophical mysticism borders on lunacy. Hugh does not warm easily to his new home or the cold, bleak landscape of the rural west country, and the six years that follow haunt him increasingly with memories of a distant magical continent. Then Hugh suffers another profound loss. He learns that his mother one day simply walked out of her house and without a trace disappeared into the vast, unmapped lands of Africa.
While the ensuing decades take Hugh from success to brilliant success, they also draw him back into the hauntings of his past. So it is that the decorated war veteran and now celebrated theater director returns to the sad house of his English childhood and revisits the scenes of his wounded youth. The staggering revelation that awaits him there both casts modern, so-called civilized values in a startling, visionary light and unravels the mystery at this novel's heart.

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc, 1998
ISBN: 9780786706617
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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