Instead of going off to college, Katherine Carlyle throws her cellphone in a river and disappears. Her journey in search of her true self takes her across Europe into the Arctic Circle. Never predictable, Katherine is a deeply unique character. Thomson's writing is full of emotion and intrigue. One of my favorite new release novels of the year.— From Kalani
"Katherine Carlyle" is a masterpiece. Philip Pullman, best-selling author of the"His Dark Materials"trilogy
T]his road trip through a snow dome of mesmeric hallucinations is Thomson at his best. Richard Flanagan, author of"The Narrow Road to the Deep North," winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize
"Katherine Carlyle" is Rupert Thomson's breakthrough novel. Written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling, it uses the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved.
Unmoored by her mother's death and feeling her father to be an increasingly distant figure, Katherine Carlyle abandons the set course of her life and starts out on a mysterious journey to the ends of the world. Instead of going to college, she disappears, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scene for a courageous leap to true empowerment.