Bright and Distant Shores

Bright and Distant Shores
Dominic Smith
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From the award-winning author of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous comes a sweeping historical novel set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. With critical praise lavished on his first two novels, Dominic Smith has become a celebrated and revered novelist in the US. Now it's time for Australia to acknowledge its own brilliant stroryteller. Bright and Distant Shores, Smith's latest novel is a stunning exploration of late-19th-century America and the tribal Pacific, an epic journey that fans of historical fiction will never forget. In the waning years of the 19th century there was a widespread hunger for tribal artifacts, spawning collecting voyages from major museums and private collectors around the globe. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago insurance magnate, sponsors an expedition into the South Seas to commemorate the completion of his company's new skyscraper-the world's tallest building. The ship is to bring back an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but also several natives related by blood. The magnate's vision is to create a tribal village as an exhi
Dominic Smith is the author of the novels The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous.