An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and witâ€”it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable.
Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as â€śthe radio people,â€ť Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mysticsâ€”and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Hollyâ€™s life, affecting all the people Holly lovesâ€”even the ones who are not yet born.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller listâ€”all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.
Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls â€śthe novelist whoâ€™s been showing us the future of fiction.â€ť
Named One of the Seasonâ€™s Top 10 Works of Literary Fiction by Publishers Weekly
â€śMitchell returns to the genre-skipping, globe-trotting, techno-spiritual ambitions of his astonishing Cloud Atlas, taking even greater risks at even greater length.â€ťâ€”New York
â€ś[The Bone Clocks] grounds Mitchellâ€™s vast intellectual ambition in real heart and character.â€ťâ€”Vogue
â€śIf you can imagine the austere literary prowess of Ian McEwan married to the storytelling gifts of J.K. Rowling, you will begin to approximate David Mitchell. Thereâ€™s no real argument: heâ€™s the best novelist of his generationâ€”and the most fun. The Bone Clocks is a stunning work of invention, incident, and character. The levels of awesome in this book are off the charts.â€ťâ€”Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box
â€śCuriouser and curiouser . . . mind-bending, interlocking tales that are reminiscent of a (very) adult version of Alice in Wonderland . . . [The Bone Clocks] wonâ€™t disappoint.â€ťâ€”Library Journal (Editorâ€™s Pick)
â€śA globe-trotting, time-bending epic . . . Is The Bone Clocks the most ambitious novel ever written, or just the most Mitchell-esque? . . . From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, [David] Mitchellâ€™s novel is a thing of beauty. . . . The less said about the plot the better, but fans of Mitchellâ€™s books will be thrilled.â€ťâ€”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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