The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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One life in 6 segments, our times, and a twisted vendetta between 2 rings of quasi-immortals, The Bone Clocks is the rich and strange new novel from award-winning and international bestselling author David Mitchell.

In 1984, teenager Holly Sykes runs away from home, a pub in Kent. Almost 60 years later, we find her in the far west of Ireland, raising 2 young children as the world’s climate collapses. In between, Holly is encountered as a waitress in a Swiss resort by a Cambridge undergraduate sociopath; as a mother, and the put-upon wife of a journalist covering the Iraq War; and, during the present decade, as the widowed confidante of a self-obsessed author of fading powers. Yet these changing personae are only part of the story, as Holly’s life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes led by one Doctor Marinus. Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war–but may prove to be its decisive weapon.

The arc of a life, a social seismograph, a fantasy of shadows and an inquiry into aging, mortality and survival, The Bone Clocks could only have been written by the much-loved David Mitchell.

Knopf Canada, 2014.
ISBN: 9780676979312. 624 pp.
Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine jacket.