In the Fabled East: A Novel by Adam Lewis Schroeder

In the Fabled East: A Novel

byAdam Lewis Schroeder

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In the Fabled East, from one of Canada's best young voices, comes a sweeping literary adventure set against the backdrop of French Indochina Paris, 1909: Adélie Tremier, a young widow suffering the final stages of tuberculosis, flees for French-occupied Indochina, through the lush forests of Laos, to seek out a fabled spring of immortality that might allow her to return to her nine-year-old son. Laos, 1936: Pierre Lazarie, a young academic turned Saigon bureaucrat, is sent by Adélie's son, now an Army captain, to find his longlost mother. Although his assigned quest fulfills Pierre's fantasy to travel up the exotic Mekong, he is saddled with his colleague Henri LeDallic, an Indochina old-timer who would rather glory in his loutish past than hunt for ghosts in the jungle. Yet what this mismatched pair discovers forms the mysterious heart of Adam Lewis Schroeder's brilliant and compelling new novel. Bridging history from 1890s Aix-en-Provence to American involvement in 1950s Vietnam, In the Fabled East is a rich and sensual depiction of Southeast Asia, charting the loss of innocence of both individuals and the world at large. Echoing Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad, this is historical fiction written with wisdom and panache.

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Adam Lewis Schroeder is the author of the story collection Kingdom of Monkeys, a Danuta Gleed Award finalist, and the novel Empress of Asia, nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the B.C. Book Awards’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He lives in Penticton, British Columbia.
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Title:In the Fabled East: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 8, 2010Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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"A sublime and often hilarious travel adventure."?TORO Magazine"No other writer gets the heat, the chaos, the shimmering otherness of the East quite like Penticton’s Adam Lewis Schroeder. His second novel, In the Fabled East, is a witty romp through colonial Indochina that focuses on two French nationals separated by time and gender…united partly by war, partly by dissolution of empire, but mainly by a mother-and-child reunion." ?Toronto Star “Breathtakingly original and shockingly powerful.”—Vancouver Sun"In the Fabled East blends compelling realism with a naturalistic approach to myth and magic realism...Schroeder creates a novel that, while rich in echoes of works like Heart of Darkness and Lost Horizon, is breathtakingly original and shockingly powerful...Simply put, In the Fabled East, is a winner, drawing on disparate elements to create a singular, stunning whole."—Edmonton Journal“A novel of profound intelligence and wit, deftly weaving history and myth, male and female, East and West, agony and splendour. In the Fabled East is a stunning book.”—Annabel Lyon