By the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Cloud Atlas "- Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," 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 mystics--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 Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves--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 list--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 "the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction."
An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a 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 wit and sheer storytelling pleasure--it is fiction at its most spellbinding.
Praise for "The Bone Clocks"
"Astonishing . . . No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. . . . He's brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions of "Cloud Atlas." . . . Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A hell of a great read . . . wild, funny, terrifying . . . a slipstream masterpiece all its own . . . David Mitchell is a genre-bending, time-leaping, world-traveling, puzzle-making, literary magician, and "The Bone Clocks" is one of his best books."--"Esquire"
"A fantastic, perilous journey over continents and decades. Fans of Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" will find this equally ambitious and mind-bending."--"Marie Claire"
"Mitchell is back to try to shoot the moon again in a sweeping epic, "The Bone Clocks, "that, like "Cloud Atlas, " spans the ages and tinkers with the hidden gears of human history. It reads as if it were dreamed up whole and plotted out in a huge unlined notebook packed with drawings, charts, explosions of scribbles."--"GQ"
"A cautionary metaphysical thriller that grounds its ambition in its heroine's human charm."--"Vogue"