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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 11/04/2024
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A young girl becomes obsessed with a mesmerising older lady occupying the penthouse apartment of a crumbling luxury tower in this mesmerising novel from the author of Inland and The Tiger's Wife.

There's the world you can see. And then there's the one you can't. Welcome to The Morningside.

When Silvia and her mother finally land in a place called Island City, after being expelled from their ancestral home in a not-too-distant future, they end up living and working at The Morningside, a crumbling luxury tower where Silvia's aunt, Ena, serves as the superintendent. Silvia feels unmoored in her new life because her mother has been so diligently secretive about their family's past. Silvia knows almost nothing about the place she was born and spent her early years; nor does she know why she and her mother had to leave. But in Ena there is an opening: a person willing to give a young girl glimpses into the folktales of her demolished homeland, a place of natural beauty and communal spirit that is lacking in Silvia's lonely and impoverished reality.

Enchanted by Ena's stories, Silvia begins seeing the world with magical possibilities, and becomes obsessed with the mysterious older woman who lives in the penthouse of the Morningside. Bezi Duras is an enigma to everyone in the building; she has her own elevator entrance, and only leaves to go out at night and walk her three massive hounds, often not returning until the early morning. Silvia's mission to unravel the truth about this woman's life, and her own haunted past, may end up costing her everything.

Startling, inventive, and profoundly moving, The Morningside is a novel about the stories we tell, and the stories we refuse to tell, to make sense of where we came from, and who we hope we might become.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399619899
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Obreht is a novelist of great skill and warmth, for whom the ancient forms of storytelling - folk tales, myths and legends - retain all their capacity to explain and mystify, soothe and terrify . . . Though The Morningside could be called dystopian, to this reader it feels hopeful in the way it imagines the near future . . . more about the ways we pull together than the ways we fall apart - Guardian

I marveled at the subtle beauty and precision of Obreht's prose. . . Read in the context of today's conflicts and injustices, climate emergencies, and political and racial divisions-together more dystopian than any dystopian novel-the book surprised me most with its undercurrent of hope - Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers, The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)

Like all of Obreht's work, The Morningside is filled with tiny moments of acute observation and beautiful writing that will make you stop and gasp . . . you'll be thinking about it all long after you've finished reading. A magical, special book by one of our best working novelists - Lit Hub

Fresh and immensely gripping, The Morningside is a rich saga of migration and the search for belonging, bravely imagining our capacity for survival and love in an uncertain future. . . . A stunning achievement - Claire Vaye Watkins, author of I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Obreht is offering a cautionary vision of what our future might look like, but she's also asking questions that are as old as storytelling. What do we want to tell ourselves about ourselves? What do we try to hide from ourselves? And what's the cost of our lives? - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

As in her previous richly imagined and profoundly insightful novels . . . Obreht writes at the crossroads of myth and history, but here with a twist as she envisions a catastrophic tomorrow in which rampaging forces of nature and human atrocities intensify in impact and scope. . . . A bewitchingly atmospheric, psychologically lush, and deeply knowing tale of ancient sorrows and coalescing crises, courage and fortitude - Booklist (starred review)

The dreamlike novel draws on elements of folklore and fairy tales for a narrative set eerily close to present day that explores environmental collapse and human resilience - Time

This touching and inventive novel follows a young woman searching for meaning and belonging, both through her loving aunt's stories and the enigmatic resident of the building's penthouse suite - Oprah Daily

Obreht is such an expert and generous storyteller, infusing The Morningside with the pleasures of folklore and fairy tale while simultaneously diving deep into the silences and irreconcilable contradictions in the stories we inherit about the past - Karen Russell, author of Orange World and Other Stories

Imagine a Ballardian dystopia injected with a double dose of magic realism, so that the pages seem to glow. . . . An ideal novel in which all is invented and everything is true. I loved it - Ed Park, author of Same Bed Different Dreams

The Morningside is like nothing I've read - at once playful and profound, harrowing and tender, a sparklingly original story of coming of age in a broken world - Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

I marveled at the subtle beauty and precision of Obreht's prose. . . Read in the context of today's conflicts and injustices, climate emergencies, and political and racial divisions - together more dystopian than any dystopian novel - the book surprised me most with its undercurrent of hope - Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers, The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)

This novel is an ingenious, inventive coming-of-age story. Very moving with a mystery at its heart - Adele Parks, Platinum

In a not-too-distant future, a young girl called Silvia becomes obsessed with an enigmatic older woman. The author of The Tiger's Wife, which won The Orange prize for Fiction in 2011, has done it again with this rich, dreamlike novel - i paper

Dystopian fiction at its most unnervingly captivating - submerged highways, tree-colonised train tracks, wheeling flocks of urban cranes. But this is also an increasingly serious look at the future, both unimaginable and all too near at hand, where reasons to be hopeful are hard to come by - and yet where humanity continues to find a way - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

Magic realism and dystopian sci-fi infuse a powerfully imagined tale of exile, belonging and, ultimately, hope - Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday

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“A Captivating Tale”

A rich, character driven novel with a mother and daughter firmly at its core. This displaced family is set amidst the backdrop of a sinking world in a near future world. Obrecht’s finesse at storytelling comes to the... More

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“Multi-themed dystopian novel with magic and mysticism”

The Morningside is an enigmatic and heterogeneous novel that is highly enjoyable. Set in the not-so-distant future, it is essentially the story of a young girl named Silvia. With a dystopian setting, it is a... More

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