THE CAT’S TABLE
Published by Knopf October 7, 2011
11-city author tour
“An enthralling work.”
—Barbara Hoffert, LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A graceful, closely observed novel that blends coming-of-age tropes with a Conradian sea voyage…beautifully detailed without a false note.”
—KIRKUS, a starred review
“His best novel since THE ENGLISH PATIENT.
“An 11-year-old boy sets off on a voyage from Ceylon to London, where his mother awaits. Though Ondaatje tells us firmly in the ‘Author’s Note’ that the story is ‘pure invention,’ the young boy is also called Michael, was also born in Ceylon, and also grows up to become a writer.
“This air of the meta adds a gorgeous, modern twist to the timeless story of boys having an awfully big adventure: young Michael meets two children of a similar age on the Oronsay, Cassius and Ramadhin, and together the threesome gets up to all kinds of mischief on the ship, with, and at the expense of, an eccentric set of passengers. But it is Michael’s older, beguiling cousin, Emily, also onboard, who allows him glimpses of the man he is to become.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
“A remarkable writer.”
—Ben Segedin, BOOKLIST, a starred review
Also being published on the same day is a new edition of THE ENGLISH PATIENT, with an introduction by Pico Iyer – published by Everyman’s Library.
Kathy Zuckerman | 212-572-2105