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Girl in Landscape offers a genre-bending, mind-expanding tale of a new frontier. Jonathan Lethem’s novel is a science-fiction Western that evokes both the brooding tragedy of John Ford’s The Searchers and the sexual precocity of Nabokov’s Lolita.
Lethem’s heroine is 14-year-old Pella Marsh, whose mother dies just as her family flees a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn for the frontier of a recently discovered planet. Hating her ineffectual father, and troubled by a powerful attraction to the virile but dangerous loner who holds sway over the little colony, Pella embarks on a course of discovery that will have tragic and irrevocable consequences – both for the humans in her community, and also for the mysterious and passive indigenous inhabitants, The Archbuilders.
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