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The Crane Wife

by Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife
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    Jan 2014, 320 pages
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    Dec 2014, 320 pages

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An exploration of art and love, Patrick Ness's The Crane Wife shows he's just as adept at crafting richly imagined stories for adults as he is for young people.

Readers of young-adult fiction will recognize Patrick Ness as the author of the widely acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the novel A Monster Calls, based on a concept by the late Siobhan Dowd. In these works for young people, Ness has showed himself adept at blending fantastical and real-world elements, including human tragedy (the depiction of terminal illness in A Monster Calls is particularly heartrending). Now, in his first book for adults, The Crane Wife, Ness does the same thing for a new audience (although teen readers will likely enjoy this new work as well). Broadly inspired by a Japanese legend that Ness remembers hearing as a child, The Crane Wife inventively mixes a realistic—even at times funny—love story with spiritual and supernatural elements to create an entirely original work of fiction.

George is forty-eight, American, divorced and living in ...

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