Surfacing

Kathleen Jamie

In this remarkable collection, part travelogue, part cultural and personal history, poet and author Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects people to their pasts.

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Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780143134459
ISBN-10: 0143134450
Language: English

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An immersive exploration of time and place in a shrinking world, from the award-winning author of Sightlines. In this remarkable blend of memoir, cultural history, and travelogue, poet and author Kathleen Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. From the thawing tundra linking a Yup'ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing the impressiely preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself. In precise, luminous prose, Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.

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