Landfalls is a fictionalized reimagining of the ill-fated Lapérouse expedition (1785-1788), a voyage of exploration that attempted to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France.
Each chapter of Landfalls is told from a different point of view, including those of the French captains, their officers, scientists on board, rank-and-file crew members, natives and other Europeans they encountered, and loved ones waiting at home.
Intrigued? Read an excerpt here: Chapter 6, “Fog”
North American hardback edition (FSG):
Australia and New Zealand trade paperback (Little, Brown UK):
UK hardback edition (Little, Brown UK):
German edition (Die letzten Entdecker, DuMont Buchverlag), translated by Monika Köpfer:
Italian edition (Navi perdute, Neri Pozza), translated by Maddalena Togliani:
READ SOME REVIEWS
(click here for a more complete list of reviews)
- Barnes & Noble (8/26/15): “an ingenious encounter with the past”
- The Guardian (11/16/15): “luminous, lit with tenderness, wisdom, and a sly humor”
- Historical Novel Society: “a joy to read”
- Kirkus Reviews (5/20/15): “an entertainingly erudite debut”
- New Orleans Review: “thought-provoking and impressively moving”
- New York Times (8/30/15): “ambitious and meticulous debut”
- Seattle Times (8/16/15): “a bona fide masterpiece”
- Wall Street Journal (8/14/15): “a seductive page-turner”
Interested in reading more — maybe even a lot more — about the Lapérouse expedition or the people and places that appear in Landfalls? Here’s a pretty comprehensive bibliography for the project.