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Signs for Lost Children

Signs for Lost Children

Author(s): Sarah Moss

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late 1800s

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Featured in fiction: The Financial Times Best Books of 2015

Only weeks into their marriage a young couple embark on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses and his wife Ally, Doctor Moberley-Cavendish, stays and works at the Truro asylum. As Ally plunges into the institutional politics of mental health, Tom navigates the social and professional nuances of late 19th century Japan. With her unique blend of emotional insight and intellectual profundity, Sarah Moss builds a novel in two parts from Falmouth to Tokyo, two maps of absence; from Manchester to Kyoto, two distinct but conjoined portraits of loneliness and determination. An exquisite continuation of the story of Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children will amaze Sarah Moss’s many fans

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This is a fascinating portrayal of life in England, and what it means to be working in an institution for people with mental health issues (thought what was classed as mental health problems is...

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