The Outside Lands

3.93 based on 108 ratings & 27 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 25.08.2016
ISBN: 9781509840588
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

'Masterly . . . gloriously well-written and deeply imagined' Jim Crace

Jeannie is nineteen when the world changes, Kip only fourteen. The sudden accident that robs them of their mother leaves them adrift, with only their father to guide them. Jeannie seeks escape in work and later marriage to a man whose social connections propel her into an unfamiliar world of wealth and politics. Ill-equipped and unprepared, Jeannie finds comfort where she can. Meanwhile Kip's descent into a life of petty crime is halted only when he volunteers for the Marines.

By 1968, the conflict in Vietnam is at its height, and with the anti-war movement raging at home, Jeannie and Kip are swept along by events larger than themselves, driven by disillusionment to commit unforgiveable acts of betrayal that will leave permanent scars.

The Outside Lands is the story of people caught in the slipstream of history, how we struggle in the face of loss to build our world, and how easily and with sudden violence it can be swept away. With extraordinary skill and accuracy, Hannah Kohler takes us from 1960s California to Vietnam, capturing what it means to live through historic times. This powerful debut novel announces Kohler as a remarkable new literary talent.

'Astonishing - jagged, fresh and startlingly alive.' Daily Mail

In the media

The Outside Lands, a masterly retelling of those dozen capricious, war torn, love soaked and chaotic years between the Beatles first LP and the fall of Saigon, is gloriously well-written and deeply imagined - and all the more remarkable for being Hannah Kohler's fiction debut.
Jim Crace
Kohler’s debut – confident and flawlessly researched – comes to represent the detrimental effect of the war on an entire generation.
Guardian
Utterly enthralling and brilliantly drawn, The Outside Lands took me from the jungles of Vietnam to the domesticity of 1960s America. Hannah Kohler is a remarkable talent.
Emma Chapman

Upcoming events

Trade Secrets workshop at ChipLitFest, featuring Hannah Kohler

Trade Secrets workshop at ChipLitFest, featuring Hannah Kohler

  • St Mary's Parish Rooms
    St Mary's Parish Rooms
    Church Street Chipping Norton, OX7 5NT UNITED KINGDOM
  • 28 April 2017 00:00
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Trade Secrets returns. This intensive day-long writers’ workshop is now fully established as ChipLitFest’s invaluable course that will hone your writing skills, introduce you to debut novelists and...

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New Writing: Brian Van Reet and Hannah Kohler

New Writing: Brian Van Reet and Hannah Kohler

  • Foyles Charing Cross
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  • 16 May 2017 00:00
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Grab a beer and a slice of pizza and join two new voices in literary fiction for our New Writers event. Brian Van Reet and Hannah Kohler will be discussing their experiences writing a novel and the...

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Lunchtime Book Group event with Hannah Kohler

Lunchtime Book Group event with Hannah Kohler

  • Sevenoaks Bookshop
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  • 16 May 2017 12:30
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Join Sevenoaks Bookshop for a lunchtime book group Q&A session with Picador debut author, Hannah Kohler and her novel The Outside Lands.

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