A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
On Sale: May 22, 2012
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It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie
are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of
Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious
calling, Evaâ€™s motives are not quite as noble, but with her
green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A
Lady Cyclistâ€™s Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.
In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a
long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front
door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the
morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite
drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate
Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls
on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland,
befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the
contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has
never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.
A Lady Cyclistâ€™s Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines
that appear when traditions from different parts of an
increasingly globalized world crash into one other.
Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable
characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and
Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways
in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions
of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward
home. A Lady Cyclistâ€™s Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a
wonderfully talented new writer.
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