The Crane Wife
Penguin Press HC
this exquisitely written retelling of a Japanese folktale, George Duncan has
accepted his midlife loneliness. That is, until a wounded crane shows up in his
yard, with a cry like "a mournful shatter of frozen midnight." Soon
after a mysterious woman named Kumiko arrives at his print shop in London, the
two of them not only fall in love but also create intricate artworks together,
communicating through bits of cut paper, feather collages and even dreams. Is
Kumiko indeed a human version of the beautiful crane—or not? The answer
is irrelevant (though you won't be able to stop reading until you find out).
Author Patrick Ness moves between the mundane and the magical, showing that, in life
anything is possible—even marriage, given the right circumstances,
between a volcano and a bird.
— Leigh Newman