The Crane Wife

by Patrick Ness

eBooks of the Month Fantasy

The Crane Wife Synopsis

The extraordinary happens everyday. One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

The Crane Wife Press Reviews

'Delightful and heart-warming' Grazia


'The Crane Wife is a special novel: a perfect fusion of surreal imagery and beautifully crafted internal logic. Turning it over in my hands once I'd finished, I began to think of it as the literary equivalent of a Japanese puzzle box with poetry, ideas and jokes twisting and sliding out of it at surprising angles' -- Helen Brown Daily Telegraph


'The dialogue is natural and inspired, and sparkles with latent tension' Independent on Sunday


'A lovely and magical book' -- T.C. Boyle


' Patrick Ness is on top form here ... The Crane Wife is a tale full of bittersweet wonder with a very human soul. A treat.' -- Matt Haig


'This is a novel that treads with feather-deft steps through ordinary lives touched by magic, then takes flight on wing beats of powerful storytelling' -- ALI SHAW, author of The Girl with Glass Feet


'A heart-warmingly deranged new voice' Guardian 


'When George and his daughter, with their seemingly ordinary quirks and heartbreaks, are befriended by an enigmatic woman, art, beauty, and myth become living forces in their lives. This poignant novel echoes with the longings and sorrows of the ages. But what came as a most delightful surprise is the humor and humanity that Patrick Ness brings to this story' -- EOWYN IVEY, author of The Snow Child


'Ness is both accessible and sophisticated, handling big subjects in prose that is simple and heart-stopping' -- Sunday Times (on the Chaos Walking trilogy) 


'An insanely beautiful writer' Time Magazine


'Ness is a young writer of exciting quality and unpredictability' The Times

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ISBN: 9780857868749
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857868749
Publication date: 6th February 2014
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Fantasy,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...

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