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A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom
A Novel
By (author): John Boyne
9780593230152 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Aug 11, 2020
Forthcoming 6.42 x 9.52 x 1.45 in | 1.63 lb 480 pages BLACK-&-WHITE PART-OPENING ILLUSTRATIONS Random House Hogarth
From the award-winning, bestselling author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies: an epic tale of humanity—a daring, profound novel that tells the story of all of us.

This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood. One with his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning.

Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life amongst the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold.

BELOVED AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR:The Heart’s Invisible Furies continues to gain new fans for John Boyne. This novel takes him in a different, ambitious direction, but has every bit of the warmth, heart and emotional payoff of his breakout book.

UNIFYING, UPLIFTING CONCEPT, GREAT FOR BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: While this tale shifts between centuries and continents, its underlying message is that our humanity is an essential link between us all, and the bonds of family, the risks of ambition and the pleasure of art are timeless. This story provides lots of potential engagement with book clubs, as the story explores the idea that we have much more in common with our fellow humans than we realize.

HUGE PRAISE FOR Heart’s Invisible Furies: “By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne’s sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son.”—People; “Bleak, bittersweet, and Irish to the bone…explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond.”—O: The Oprah Magazine; “A picaresque, lolloping odyssey for the individual characters and for the nation that confines them…The book blazes with anger as it commemorates lives wrecked by social contempt and self‑loathing…. a substantial achievement.”—The Guardian

HIS 2006 NOVEL The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet and an opera.

John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults, five for younger readers and a collection of short stories. In his native Ireland, he has won three Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on ten separate occasions. He has also won or been shortlisted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. A regular participant in international literary festivals, he has also been a member of the jury for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and, in 2015, chaired the jury for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels are published in over fifty languages.

Author Residence: Dublin, Ireland

Author Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

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Praise for The Heart’s Invisible Furies

“By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne’s sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son.”People

“Bleak, bittersweet, and Irish to the bone . . . Explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“A picaresque, lolloping odyssey for the individual characters and for the nation that confines them . . . The book blazes with anger as it commemorates lives wrecked by social contempt and self-loathing. . . . A substantial achievement.”The Guardian

Praise for A Ladder to the Sky

“A satire of writerly ambition wrapped in a psychological thriller . . . an homage to Patricia Highsmith, Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, but its execution is entirely Boyne’s own.”The Washington Post

“Boyne’s mastery of perspective, last seen in The Heart’s Invisible Furies, works beautifully here. . . . So dark it seems almost impossible to enjoy reading A Ladder to the Sky as much as you definitely will enjoy reading it.”—NPR

“Delicious.”Vanity Fair

“A darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart.”People

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