Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel
In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub-Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor's office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining. Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world. Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand scale, Dunia's children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights - or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of enormous upheaval, in which beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse.
This is an ambitious, powerful novel from one of the most important writers of our time
Long-listed for Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) 2015.
"[The book] moves between gentle irony and moments of profound emotion. It is a riotous, exuberant and sometimes maddening celebration of the power of storytelling, and of the importance of education and culture." -- Christina Patterson Sunday Times "His usual seamless blend of the realistic and fantastic." Travel Guide "Two Years, Eight Months Twenty-Eight Nights blends Arabian myth, history and sci-fi into a whirlwind fable." Good Housekeeping "Rollicking, lyrical and very enjoyable tale." -- Darragh McManus Irish Independent "A powerful indictment of religious violence." -- Francesca Wade Literary Review