Jevick, the pepper merchant’s son, has been raised on storieso Olondria, a distant land where books are as commonas they are rare in his home—but which his mother callsthe Ghost Country. When his ather dies and Jevick takeshis place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick’s lieis as close to perect as he can imagine. Just as he
revels inOlondria’s Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drasticallyoff course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterateyoung girl.
In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid o Olondrian priestsand quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between theempire’s two most powerul cults. Even as the country sim-mers on the cusp o war, he must ace his ghost and learnher story beore he has any chance o reeing himsel bysetting her ree: an ordeal that challenges his understandingo art and lie, home and exile, and the limits o that mostseductive o necromancies, reading.
A Stranger in Olondria
was written while the author taughtin South Sudan. It is a rich and heady brew which pulls thereader in deeper and still deeper with twists and turns thathearken back to the Gormenghast novels while being asimmersive as George R. R. Martin’s
Game of Thrones.