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Released: May 08, 2018
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NATIONAL BEST SELLER From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself-shadowed and luminous at once-we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey-through facts, recollection, and imagination-that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

Author(s): Michael Ondaatje
Awards:2019-Fiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
2018-Fiction-Longlist-Man Booker Prize,
New York Times Bestseller

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Author(s): Michael Ondaatje
Narrator(s): Steve West
Product Number Z100128734
Released: May 08, 2018
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Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780525627548
Author(s): Michael Ondaatje
Product Number EB00710879
Released: May 08, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780525521204

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"London-born narrator Steve West effortlessly mixes tones of mystery, uncertain memory, sophistication, and innocence in Ondaatje's latest novel. The story features a 14-year-old boy whose parents suddenly disappear from his life when they take jobs in faraway Singapore after WWII, leaving him and his older sister in the care of some suspect but otherwise caring characters. Soon the boy finds himself getting a quick back-street and back-canal education in dog racing and other unsavory vocations while desperately trying to reconnect with his mother and finally discovering what she did during the war. A wholly original listening experience. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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