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Every Lost Country

by Steven Heighton

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“The longer you stare at the mountain, the more it seems a refuge above human borders and distinctions and this constant dialogue of violence. Up there, he’d hoped, he and Sophie could step away from trouble for a while.”
 
Lewis Book, a doctor with a history of embroiling himself in conflicts, and his daughter, Sophie, travel to Nepal to join a climbing expedition. One evening, as Sophie sits on the border between China and Nepal, watching the sun set over the Himalayas, she spots a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese soldiers. When shooting starts, Dr. Book rushes toward the ensuing melee, ignoring the objections of Lawson, the expedition leader, who doesn’t want to get involved and spoil his chance to be the first climber to summit Kyatruk. Lawson is further enraged when Amaris, a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker recording the expedition, joins Book with her camcorder in hand. When the surviving Tibetans are captured just short of the border, Lawson and Sophie look on helplessly as Book and Amaris are taken away with them, down the glacier into China. From that point, Lawson continues his ascent, and the fugitives are caught in an explosive and thrilling pursuit that will test their convictions, courage, and endurance.

From one of Canada’s finest writers comes a literary page-turner of the highest order. Inspired by an actual event, Every Lost Country is a gripping novel about heroism, human failings, and what love requires. When is it acceptable to be a bystander, and when do life and loyalty demand more?

Contributor Notes

Steven Heighton is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages, and his poems and stories have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Europe, Agni, Poetry London, Brick, Best English Stories, and many others. Heighton has won several awards and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.

Editorial Review

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“So deliriously good that it’s hard to put down. . . . Heighton is a superb writer.”
Ottawa Citizen
 
“Heighton remains an admirable storyteller. . . . Heighton is especially adept at rendering physical danger: the overwhelming moments of fear and exhilaration when life is threatened by a gunshot, or a precipitous fall. One thinks of John Le Carré or Graham Greene at these moments, and the comparison holds.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
 
“A stunning new novel. . . . Suspenseful, superbly paced, stark and cinematically glamorous, this novel recalls a Hitchcock thriller, but with better scenery — a landscape so spectacular, so sublime, it steals your breath and hurts your heart. Heighton is also a poet and his precise detail pinpoints effect, while rippling with meaning.”
— Toronto Star
 
“Heighton’s language continues to grow in beauty. . . . Every page, minor character and plot twist matters. . . . Every Lost Country is more un-put-downable than many escape tales. . . . Simultaneously shockingly real and terrifyingly mannered.”
— T.F. Rigelhof, The Globe and Mail
 
“A gorgeous book in so many ways — well-written, packed with interesting history and great views. . . . It’s a compelling, rewarding read.”
— The Mirror (Montreal)
 
“Considering the subject matter, Every Lost Country is a surprisingly apolitical book. The lost countries of the title could just as well refer to the yearning for home any individual may suffer as to the circumstances of the Tibetan people. The novel’s strong suit is its characters, and their actions are true to the dictates of their emotions.”
— The Gazette
 
“A Lord Jim for the 21st century, but told with the pace of the slickest modern thriller. . . . With Every Lost Country, Heighton not only succumbs to the modern taste for non-stop action, he masters it. . . . Fast-paced, clear and hard-hitting. . . . What sets the novel far above the thriller norm is the diversity of the viewpoints it incorporates, blended invisibly into the heart-pounding narrative by means of constant small miracles of characterization. . . . Readers who decide to follow along will experience a fast and often harrowing ride. But be warned: Once embarked, there is no escape.”
— John Barber, The Globe and Mail
 
“A truly exceptional novel . . . Every Lost Country will be cherished for its characters, who are numerous, challenging and deeply alive; for its precise and beautiful language; and for its ambitious (and successful) effort to grapple with issues that are central to the way we live in a world of ever-increasing moral ambiguity.”
— The Walrus Blog
 
“The bone-chilling lunar landscape [is] powerfully evoked.”
— National Post
 
“The writing moves skilfully through a range of registers, from tragic to (darkly) comic, intimate to political. And the magnificent setting is dramatically evoked on a lush canvas. . . . Every Lost Country has an expansive moral vision wedded to a thrilling plot.”
— Quill & Quire
 
“From the opening pages, you won’t be able to put down Steven Heighton’s Every Lost Country. A dizzying read, it’s one of those rare finds where gorgeously drawn characters and a galloping plot merge effortlessly. Heighton proves himself once again a young lion of Canadian literature.”
— Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce
 
Every Lost Country is thrillingly plotted, elegantly detailed, and alive with characters who will seem as real to you as people you’ve known for years and can still talk to for hours on the phone. Heighton sets them down in what is literally the world’s most breathtaking landscape, at the very limits of human physiology, where the compass of moral courage points them into uncharted territory. Read this novel to be transported and enthralled.”
— Jamie Zeppa, author of Beyond the Sky and the Earth

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Every Lost Country

EVERY LOST COUNTRY by Steven Heighton (Fiction) National bestseller (hardcover fiction, May-June 2010) A Globe & Mail Best Book, An Amazon.ca Best Book, A Maisonneuve Best Book, Banff Mountain Book Festival Award nominee, Optioned for film by Rhombus Media. Lewis Book, a Doctor with a history of embroiling himself in conflicts, and his daughter, Sophie, travel to Nepal to join a climbing expedition. One evening, as Sophie sits on the border between China and Nepal, she spots a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese soldiers. The soldiers kill two Tibetans, and so begins a thriller with hostage-taking, a forced march of prisoners and hair-raising escape. There are three story lines that eventually come together in a frightening climax. I enjoyed reading this book, which is politically informed and set in a spectacular mountainous region where high altitude climbing is a vital component of the characters’ survival.

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