Tuesday, February 18, 2014
THE CRANE WIFE (PATRICK NESS)
HarperCollins|January 13, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-44342-012-9
The extraordinary happens every day...
George Duncan is an American living and working in London. He is divorced, the owner of a small print shop, and lonelier than he realizes. One night he is woken by an extraordinary sound coming from his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by a giant arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George pulls out the arrow and frees the crane, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. Before he knows it, he meets and falls in love with the enigmatic Kumiko, an artist who changes the lives of everyone around her, including Amanda, George's angry-and very funny daughter, her adorable French son and George himself.
Wise, romantic, sublime and laugh-out-loud funny, THE CRANE WIFE is hugely entertaining, but it also resonates on a deep, dreamlike, mythic level. Above all, it is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
Wow, what a great read! Very unique and very interesting. I would love to have a huge crane land in my back-yard. George Duncan is such a giving and feeling man who cares a great deal about people and their interests. His other wives divorced him because he was "too nice." Can you imagine that?
I don't really have anything to add as I think the synopsis above does an excellent job of descriibing exactly what this novel is about.