Peaces

by Oyeyemi, Helen,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
"Enchanting...the most surprising, confounding, and oddly insightful couple's trip in recent literary history."-- Entertainment Weekly

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Gingerbread ; Boy, Snow, Bird ; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.

When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment--and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favorite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.

A spellbinding tale from a star author, Peaces is about what it means to be seen by another person--whether it's your lover or a stranger on a train--and what happens when things you thought were firmly in the past turn out to be right beside you.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After deciding to share a surname but not wed, hypnotist Otto Shin and his lover, Xavier, are gifted with a honeymoon trip on The Lucky Day, a train that was once used to smuggle tea, by Xavier's imposing Aunt Do Yeon, who is perhaps looking for a way to get the lovebirds and their pet mongoose out of her house. The train proves to be a feast of wonders, complete with elaborate cars boasting numerous delights, from a full library to a bountiful kitchen to an overflowing mail room. As Otto and Xavier explore the train, they come across a mysterious trio of women: Ava Kapoor, the train's aloof owner, who is on the cusp of receiving a massive inheritance; her stylish, artistic girlfriend, Allegra Yu; and Laura De Souza, who shares a surprising link to Xavier. Little do they know they're all hurtling towards a shocking confrontation with someone who has a bone to pick with each of them. Oyeyemi (Gingerbread, 2019) has once again crafted a layered modern-day fairy tale replete with interlinked stories and unexpected connections among its vibrant characters."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Curious characters, strange events, and mysteries abound in Oyeyemi's delightfully bonkers latest (after Gingerbread). After hypnotist Otto Shin takes the surname of his boyfriend, Xavier, the couple, both 38, celebrate their "non-honeymoon honeymoon" with a train trip arranged for them by Xavier's aunt and with help from a young man named Yuri who inexplicably claims to know them. Accompanied by their pet mongoose, Árpád XXX, Otto and Xavier begin their journey to a destination unknown to them and soon meet the train's operators and its enigmatic owner, Ava Kapoor, who is about to come into a grand inheritance. But Ava's bequest is threatened by the appearance of a mysterious passenger, one they will all soon recognize as part of their respective pasts, and the trip becomes stressful for the couple as Yuri's interventions in their lives grow suspicious. Though capped by a somewhat disjointed and confusing finale, the narrative is bolstered by its underlying blend of humor and suspense, as well as Oyeyemi's ability to skillfully thread together the lives of her characters and show how they've been shaped into the people they are today. Despite its problems, this exciting and inventive novel brims with unusual insights. Agent: Jin Auh, the Wylie Agency (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Self-perception -- Fiction.
Couples -- Fiction.
Railroad travel -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Fiction.
Magic realist fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Language English
Description 256 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593192337
0593192338
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