The Wanderers (Paperback)

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Three astronauts are picked for the first manned mission to Mars, but before they can go to Mars they must survive a 17 month simulated mission on Earth. The Wanderers is a beautiful book, told from the perspective of the astronauts, their families, and the staff of the company running the simulation. Howrey plays with perception brilliantly. The astronauts must examine how they see themselves in space, but space doesn't change just them. Everyone in their lives is changed by space. The Wanderers is a quiet book, but it's one I haven't stopped thinking about since I finished it weeks ago. - John

— John

March 2017 Indie Next List


“In The Wanderers, Meg Howrey brilliantly weaves together the vastness of outer space with the intimacy of human nature. Howrey's characters are artfully drawn - full of strengths and failings and each yearning for something in their relationships with others. The Mars simulation at the center of the story represents an exciting new frontier for human beings, but Howrey's astronauts demonstrate that even those driving the larger quest for human greatness are flawed individuals leading complicated lives. This is a wonderfully introspective novel on the meaning of space exploration and what we learn about ourselves when facing the unknown.”
— Kelsey O'Rourke (M), Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

About the Author


Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with The Joffrey, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels, Blind Sight and The Cranes Dance, and the coauthor of the bestselling novels City of Dark Magic, and City of Lost Dreams, published under the pen name Magnus Flyte. Her non-fiction has appeared in Vogue and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She currently lives in Los Angeles. From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399574641
ISBN-10: 0399574646
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English