The Book of Crows
A young girl is kidnapped and taken through the desert to an isolated mountain brothel. Two thousand years later, after a suspicious landslide near Lanzhou, a low-level bureaucrat searches for a missing colleague. A thirteenth-century Franciscan monk, traversing the Silk Road, begins his extraordinary deathbed confession, while five hundred years earlier, a grieving Chinese poet is summoned to the Emperor's palace.
In a series of delicately interlaced stories, Sam Meekings’ richly poetic and gripping second novel follows the journeys of characters whose lives, separated by millennia, are all in some way touched by the mysterious Book of Crows, a mythical book in which the entire history of the world – past, present and future – is written down.
- Gripping and lyrical in equal measure
- Interwoven storylines span thousands of years of Chinese history
- If you loved Cloud Atlas, you will love this
‘Meekings’s prose is exemplary, showing a desire not just to honour Chinese culture, but to contribute to it’ – The Herald
‘A book that feels highly original, has appealing characters and is beautifully written. Anyone with an interest in China, or who simply enjoys reading about a variety of well-drawn characters will appreciate this book very much.’ – Book Bag