Synopses & Reviews
It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva's motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
, she is ready for adventure.
In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer.
"Beautifully written in language too taut, piercing, and smartly observed to be called lyrical, this atmospheric first novel immediately engages, nicely reminding us that odd twists of fate sometimes aren't that odd." ---Library Journal Starred Review
Like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
, a wondrous, richly conceived, irresistible debut novel that sweeps the listener away to a different world.
About the Author
Suzanne Joinson works in the literature department of the British Council and regularly travels widely across the Middle East, North Africa, China, and Europe. In 2007, she won the New Writing Ventures Award for Creative Non-Fiction for "Laila Ahmed." Suzanne is working toward her Ph.D. in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and lives by the sea on the South Coast of England. Susan Duerden, an Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator, has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for her work. Among her recordings are An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James, The Crystal Skull by Manda Scott, and Lady Vernon and Her Daughter by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway. Susan's career spans film, television, voice-over, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed, award-winning theatrical roles internationally, including in London's West End, and Off Broadway. Recent work includes a recurring role on ABC's Lost, The Unit for CBS, and the feature films Double Duty, Lovewrecked, and Flushed Away for DreamWorks.