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Summary

The prize-winning, best-selling author of Gingerbread and Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new story 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 favourite 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.

©2021 Helen Oyeyemi (P)2021 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

"Oyeyemi has a singular boldness of style [and] is a writer of wit and courage." (Guardian)

"One doesn't simply read her books but actively submits to them." (New Statesman)

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