A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Edie Meidav is a student of human bewilderment. In her first novel — about an American called Henry Gould trying to establish a utopian community in the British colony of Ceylon — she's woven the blundering figure of a holy fool into a bristling tapestry of local life. The Far Field is historical fiction without a shred of nostalgia, and its plot is finally justified by Meidav's scarifying emotional honesty and visceral sense of place.
-- The Village Voice