In Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, we join newly not married-but-committed couple Otto and Xavier Shin on their non-honeymoon honeymoon as they take a peculiar journey on a train that is anything but a train. The Lucky Day is an old tea smuggling train that now features a greenhouse, a picture gallery, and a bazaar amongst other strange additions, but Oyeyemi has written it so well that it feels like another character in the story. Throw into the mix the crew of the train and not one but two mongooses and what you have is one of the most colorful, vivid, and imaginative books of the year.
But below the layers of mystery and and fun is a deeper story of love, of relationships past and present, and of knowing and being known by those around us. Of having all our faults and peculiarities seen and understood, and being loved in spite of them. In Peaces, Oyeymi beautifully captures the lives of her characters as the past and present collide and strangers become friends, and as a reader, you will be pulled right in, until you too feel that you are a passenger on The Lucky Day, along for the ride. Recommended by Hannah
The prize-winning, bestselling author of Gingerbread; Boy, Snow, Bird; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.