REVIEWS FOR Bright and Distant Shores

U.S. Edition Reviews
Booklist
Booklist "[a] magnificent epic...Smith's virtuosity with language makes for pitch-perfect description of all he surveys."
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Historical Fiction Society
The Austin Chronicle "The black Bakelite telephone on Dominic Smith's desk is strictly nonfunctional, except as a caution to double-check facts. It serves to remind Smith to take thorough care to get the materials of his period novels correct, although it is difficult to believe such a keen researcher could have slipped up."
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Library Journal
Dallas Morning News "Dense with action, yet filled with thought, the novel rolls along beautifully..."
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Historical Fiction Society
Historical Novel Society "Bright and Distant Shores is told in a fulsome style that teems with both thoughtful substance and picturesque coarseness ... Historical fiction at its best."
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Kirkus Review
Kirkus Reviews "Written with extraordinary literary grace, Smith's third novel gleams as a gem of evocative historical fiction."
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Library Journal
Library Journal "...lyrical and colorful...[an] excellent read..."
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Publishers Weekly
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly "...an absorbing exploration of culture, tradition, and renewal...Smith expertly combines well-drawn characters with a complex narrative that moves smoothly to the dawn of a new century."
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Australian Edition Reviews
The Age
The Age "...Smith’s novel is an atmospheric, meticulously observed period drama from a footsure and stylish writer with a fine sense of narrative pace."
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The Austrailian
The Australian "There’s a lightness and an ease to the often rough-hewn rhythms of Bright and Distant Shores...its footloose middle sections, and their cast of larger-than-life characters are hugely entertaining...Smith’s novel is given heft by its larger ambitions, and more importantly its human intelligence...One of the most striking new Australian novels I’ve read in some time, a work suffused by a generous and often joyous humanity, and unafraid to take narrative risks."
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Austrailian Book Review
Australian Book Review "Vivid characterization and a breathless narrative pace create a riveting tale of fragile indigenous communities in pristine places vanishing before the febrile raptor-breath of capitalism...evocations of Chicago surprise and delight..."
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The Courier Mail
The Courier Mail "Smith uses his prose expertly to transport the reader back in time. His language and imagination make Bright and Distant Shores an adventure you don’t want to stop...Smith manages to take the reader between the powerfully opposite storylines with ease, leaving you constantly yearning to discover what happens next in each of them. This is a must-read for anyone with a love of history and culture..."
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goodreading "A brilliant novel that is both a rollicking yarn and a beautiful love story, with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and exotic settings, this is a feat of imagination and storytelling."
Sidney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald "...an imaginative subject, sympathetic characters, a gripping plot and a mastery of writing technique...Dominic Smith, with his third novel, has embraced them all with distinction."
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The West Austrailian
The West Australian "In cascading prose, calibrated for the exotic, Smith vividly imagines 1890s America and a rabble crew’s encounters with one another and the island world of the Pacific...Absorbing and illuminating, reflective and bawdy..."