From the Publisher
"[Hock] knows he is ensorcelled by exoticism, but he can''t help
himself. And, as things go from bad to worse and the pages start to
turn faster, neither can we. A."-Entertainment
When he was a young man, Ellis Hock spent four of the best years
of his life with the Peace Corps in Malawi. So when his wife of
forty-two years leaves him, he decides to return to the village
where he was stationed in search of the happiness he''d been
missing since he left. But what he finds is not what he expected.
The school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and
poverty and apathy have set in among the people.
They remember Ellis and welcome him with open arms. Soon, however,
their overtures turn menacing; they demand money and refuse to let
him leave the village. Is his new life an escape or a trap?
"Theroux''s bravely unsentimental novel about a region where he
began his own grand career should become part of anybody''s
education in the continent."-Washington Post
"The Lower River is riveting in its storytelling and
provocative in its depiction of this African backwater, infusing
both with undertones of slavery and cannibalism, savagery and
disease."-New York Times Book Review
About the Author
PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books.
His novels include The Lower River and
The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark
Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
About the Book
A taut, tense, darkly suspenseful novel about a man who flees to Africa afterhis marriage falls apart, only to be caught up in a precarious situation in aseemingly benign village.
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547746504
ISBN - 13: 9780547746500