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Fast paced yet rich with haunting prose, Matthew d’Ancona’s debut novel tells the story of Mia Taylor, whose privileged life is toppled in one devastating instant. In the aftermath of a crime that leaves more questions than answers, Mia struggles to comprehend the loss of everything she once took for granted: her powerful family, her high-profile career, her ability to trust and love. Only by immersing herself in the raw reality of a very different lens can Mia hope to recover.
Exchanging Bond Street shopping trips and lavish galas for long hours working at a dilapidated health center, Mia begins to piece together the truth about the men she once revered. Unraveling ingenious strands of evidence against an endlessly enticing urban backdrop, GOING EAST is at once a mystery, a love story, and a tribute to the gorgeous kaleidoscope of characters who inhabit this legendary locale. Politics and corruption, poverty and decadence, bigotry and class warfare all converge on these pages. In the end, Mia’s story becomes a testament to the self-discovery and resilience that can only be born in the wake of turbulent times. Blending this perceptiveness with seamless suspense, GOING EAST heralds the arrival of a marvelously talented new storyteller.