Wanting - Richard Flanagan

In Tasmania, Mattina, a young aboriginal girl, is removed from her tribe to be raised as a proper English girl by Lady Franklin and her husband, the explorer Sir John Franklin.  Later, in England, Lady Franklin enlists Charles Dickens to help restore the good name of her husband after his arctic expedition fails and London buzzes with rumors that his crew has resorted to cannibalism.  In Wanting (Atlantic Monthly, $24) Richard Flanagan uses this extraordinary history to tell a story of desire, deceit, and betrayal, juxtaposing the brutally colonized wilds of Tasmania and the crowded, polluted environs of Dickens’s London. 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802144775
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Grove Press - June 8th, 2010

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