A novel dredged from the depths of the sea. — From Stephen's favorites
"My sleep began in the spring of 1914. I slept through both World Wars and the tainted calm between. It was as if I had been cursed by an evil fairy, pricked by an enchanted spinning wheel; an impenetrable briar had gripped my mind."
Thus begins Rikki Ducornet's brilliant lyric novel about Nicolas who, as a result of witnessing his mother's murder, falls into a decades-long coma. Awakened in a seaport town in France, he reconstructs his past through storytelling and myth, resulting in an astonishing exploration of memory and imagination.
About the Author
Rikki Ducornet is the author of several works of fiction, including "The Stain," "Entering Fire," "The Complete Butcher's Tales," "Phosphor in Dreamland," and "The Cabinet," a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award in 1993.