In the Orchard, the Swallows

In the Orchard, the Swallows

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Author/Contributor(s): Hobbs, Peter
Publisher: Europa Editions
Date: 02/04/2014
Binding: Paperback. 137p.
5.3"(w) x 8.2"(l)
Condition: NEW

This tale of innocence and corruption in Pakistan is "a beautiful, often painful, journey of a young man's doomed yearning for love" (The Guardian).

During a village wedding in Pakistan, a boy risks speaking to the beautiful daughter of a powerful local politician. As night falls, the two meet in his father's orchard, inadvertently falling asleep as they wait for the light of dawn to reveal the orchard's beauty, naive to the dangers posed by their innocent mistake. As first light approaches, and the girl's father realizes the young couple's mutual attraction, he has the boy sent to prison without explanation or the benefit of a trial. Fifteen years later, the boy--now a man--is released without a word. Bereft of family and weakened from years of abuse, he collapses on the side of the road and is taken in by a kindly scholar. As time passes, the man recovers enough to take daily walks to his father's now abandoned orchard, where he last saw his young beloved among the trees, beneath soaring, fluttering swallows . . . In clear, crystalline prose, this novel reveals the ability of the human spirit to conquer the random cruelties of life, and how the power of love and hope, once known, can never truly be extinguished.

"Hobbs' prose is spare, clean, and lyrical, giving In the Orchard, the Swallows a timeless feeling; however, the markers of the Afghan war and the changes in the landscape remind the reader that this story is very contemporary."--Booklist

"A perfectly cut jewel of a book."--The Financial Times