The Crane Wife

By Patrick Ness
(Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594205477, 310pp.)

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2014 Indie Next List
“Based on a Japanese folk tale, The Crane Wife spins a story about two artists -- one of whom may not be fully human -- and how they achieve the act of creation and destruction, both in their art and in their personal lives and relationships. The characters are fully drawn, each with faults but very lovable in their own ways, and the act of creation is beautifully explored through children, art, and budding relationships, as well as through myths of earth-creation. This is my favorite read of the year -- and it's been a good year for fiction!”
-- William D Carl, Books On The Square, Providence, RI


Description
"A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard."
George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird's wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky.
The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded books a harmless, personal hobby when through the front door of the shop a woman walks in. Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork. George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature, and begins to fall desperately in love with her. She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him.
Witty, magical, and romantic, "The Crane Wife" is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination, and the disruptive power of love.



About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of eight novels and a short story collection. He's best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and More Than This. He won the Carnegie Medal the highest award for children's books in the UK twice in a row, for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls. A Monster Calls was also the first book ever to simultaneously win the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and the Carnegie Medal. Patrick has taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic for the Guardian. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.
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