Synopses & Reviews
A debut novel which was an unequivocal critical success in trade paperback, and which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, this is a highly imaginative and memorable debut, which combines a multitude of elements, locations and characters to great effect. "One of the best first novels I've read for a long time" A.S. Byatt.
An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? A woman on a holy mountain talks to a tree - and the tree talks back, unaware of the effect of the financial irregularities of a burnt-out lawyer will have on her life.