An author I’ve been enjoying lately is Adam Lewis Schroeder. Living just up the road in Penticton, he is almost a local writer, and a very accomplished one.
His second book, In the Fabled East starts out in 1936 in colonial Indonesia and goes on to merge history, myth, life stories from different eras and a kind of magical realism often found in South American writers, while spinning the tale of a son’s search for his lost mother.
Adelie had disappeared into the steamy jungles of Laos twenty-seven years before, looking for the fabled fountain of eternal youth, hoping to save herself from the tuberculosis that was consuming her. Her son contracts a young academic, Pierre Lazarie to try to find her, with a surprising outcome.
Readers of Ann Patchett’s recent book, State of Wonder, will feel some simularity between these two books, but I found In the Fable East to be a better written and more compelling book.