Sunday, 11 October 2015


Landfalls by Naomi Williams

Landfalls is the intriguing d├ębut by Naomi Williams that concentrates on the famous Laperouse expedition of the late 18th Century. The reason why this novel is so interesting is that over 200 men had embarked on the journey, yet the French frigates, Boussole and Astrolabe had disappeared without a trace.

Though this is a novel based on a real-life happening during the periods, 1785-1788, it is a work of fiction that concentrates on the voyage to discover new worlds in the hope of bringing glory to France. The story is told from the point of view of the captains, scientists, officers and other crew members and is set during the turbulence of discovery.

Biographical Notes

Naomi J. Williams was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was nearly six years old. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as A Public Space, One Story, American Short Stories, the Southern Review, and the Gettysburg Review. In 2009, she received a Pushcart Prize. She lives in northern California with her family. Landfalls is her first book.

This novel is available as a paperback or hardback.

Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 9781408705766
Release Date: 22nd October 2015
Page count: 336