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The Wished For Country
by Wayne Karlin
The Wished For Country is set during the founding period of the Maryland colony, during the mid-17th century. The novel focuses on the entwined stories of James Hallam, a carpenter and indentured servant; Ezekiel, an African slave brought to Maryland from Barbados; and Tawzin, a Piscataway Indian, kidnapped to England when a child, and now back in America. While Hallam goe ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Curbstone Books
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Being from Maryland and having studied the history and archaeology of the region, I found out about this hidden gem during some research. I thought I'd give it a try and I was completely blown away by the way Karlin gives life to an unrecognizable past. In the earliest days of the colonization of Maryland, men have come from Europe looking for redemption and a fresh start. A former indentured servant is haunted by his past and can't seem to find a peaceful transition into the New World, making e ...more
Wayne Karlin has been called by Tim O'Brien "one of the most gifted writers to emerge from the Vietnam War." He has written four previous novels in addition to his books with curbstone: Crossover, Lost Armies, The Extras and US. Karlin co-edited the first anthology of Viet Nam war veteran fiction, Free Fire Zone, and in 1995, he co-edited The Other Side of Heaven: Post War Fiction by Vietnamese an ...moreMore about Wayne Karlin...