Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse a voyage permitted only to those who ve always believed there's another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They ve each lost something important a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.
About the Author
Catherynne M. Valente is a NYTimes-bestselling fantasy / SF author, whose novels include Palimpsest, Deathless, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. In 2011, the latter book ranked #8 on the NYTimes bestseller list. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was #5 on Time's Best Fiction of 2012. She has won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and three Locus Awards. As part of the SF Squeecast, she has won two Hugo Awards.