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The Consolation of Maps

The Consolation of Maps

Kenji Tanabe finds maps easier to read than people. At the elite Tokyo gallery where he works, he sells antique maps by selling the stories that he sees within their traces: their contribution to progress, their dramatic illustrations, their exquisite compasses. But no compass or cartography can guide him through the events that will follow the sudden and unexpected offer of a job in America.

There, Theodora Appel runs a company that is more like a family. Brilliantly successful, beguilingly secretive, she gradually initiates Kenji into her rarefied world. Only someone like him – quiet, intensely committed and discreet – could be allowed to see beneath the surface to what his employer is hiding. Theodora has never recovered from the death of her lover, and her obsession to reclaim the past threatens them all.

Moving across countries and cultures, The Consolation of Maps charts an attempt to understand the tide of history, the geography of people and the boundless territory of loss.

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 14th June 2018

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781786487599


Austere and elusive . . . lithe, controlled narrative . . . Bourke has created a novel that, like the complex objects - at once historical yet aesthetic - from which it takes its name, repays effort and attention
Neil Hegarty, Irish Times
A delicately compelling debut . . . Bourke captures how the contours of love and loss can run deep, to devastating effect
Wiltshire Living
This is a book that enables the reader to enter a different world . . . but through its pages also helps us to understand where great loss can take us
Gazette & Herald
Dizzying . . . the ending is shattering in this world of grace and beauty