The Way Back
A US National Book Award Finalist: the new fantasy novel from the author of the acclaimed crossover novel Anna and the Swallow Man. A story for fans of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and The Book Thief.
‘As timeless as a fairy tale’ – New York Times
‘Steeped in the rich traditions of ghost stories and Jewish folklore, this remarkable feat of storytelling is sure to delight’ – Kirkus Reviews
For the Jews of Eastern Europe, demons are everywhere. Talk of them is endless. The fear they summon is real.
Bluma and Yehuda Leib, two young people from the little shetl of Tupik, know mostly of demons through stories – these, and the occasional shiver down the back of their necks. Until one night when they unexpectedly encounter the Dark One – Death – an encounter which sends them spinning off on a journey in search of something they have both lost.
Theirs is a journey that will change everyhting. It will take them through the cemetery of Tupik and into the Far Country, the demon land filled with the souls of the dead. It will see them make pacts with demons and declare war on Death itself.
But can they possibly find their way back . . . ?
Feels as timeless as a fairy tale * New York Times * Set in a frigid and arcane 19th century winter, The Way Back blends Jewish demonology with a fairytale past to create a beautiful tale of mysticism, mystery, and just one low-key little war against the Angel of Death. * Hypable * A bewitching allegorical adventure comprised of small, beautifully composed moments. * Publishers Weekly, starred review * Steeped in the rich traditions of ghost stories and Jewish folklore, this remarkable feat of storytelling is sure to delight. * Kirkus Reviews,starred review * This work of prodigious imagination is especially notable in its author's uncanny ability to create a visceral suspense that captures readers' attention and won't let go as the pages fly by * Booklist, starred review *
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