The Size of the World
published by Norton 2008, paperback 2009
“The elusive connection between place and happiness” is explored by six men and women who leave familiar surroundings for foreign landscapes. From an American engineer in wartime Vietnam to a storekeeper’s daughter in Mussolini’s Italy to an American married to a Thai Muslim against her family’s wishes, the fates of people cross and wind around each other, as each narrates a life-story marked by the jolts of encounters in a wider world.
- Finalist, Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction
- Seattle Times Ten Best Books of Fiction of the Year