About this book
This powerful book from Alice Munro is family history explored through fiction, as it recounts the experiences of her antecedents, who left Scotland for the New World at the beginning of the 19th century, interweaving their stories with those of subsequent generations. A work of great resonance, and strongly reviewed. 'A stunning achievement' "The Times"
In 1818, James Laidlaw left the Edinburgh's Castle Rock and sailed to the new world with his family. This book presents the story of the shepherds from the Ettrick Valley and their descendants who are a Spartan lot, who kept to themselves; showing off was frowned on, and fear was commonplace, at least for females.