by Michael Ondaatje
Reviewed by Linda:
Fans of the author’s novel The English Patient and of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante will welcome this coming-of-age mystery. At the close of World War II, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel are left in their London home in the care of a peculiar figure named The Moth while their parents go overseas. For years, the siblings are perplexed as to the whereabouts of their parents and surprised by the eccentric crew of men and women who regularly drop by their home. Ondaatje writes at a leisurely and deliberate pace, and his lyrical prose brings surprising answers.