Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell

August 26, 2014 10:26 PM

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David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, is a treat for longtime fans and people who've never picked up one of his books before. It's a decades-spanning saga that switches perspective from section to section among a wildly disparate group of people — but the center of it all is Holly Sykes, at the start of the book a psychically sensitive runaway who gets caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals. The Bone Clocks is a deft and entertaining mix of literary fiction and fantasy — and Mitchell fans will appreciate the Easter eggs here and there, returning characters and themes from previous books that begin to tie all Mitchell's books into one grand universe. This scene is told from the perspective of Ed, Holly's partner and the father of her child — and also a war journalist who's about to embark on a dangerous assignment. The Bone Clocks will be published Sept. 2.

ELEVEN O'CLOCK AT night, and all's well, kind of, for now. Olive Sun wants me flying out again by Thursday at the latest, so I'll have to tell Holly soon. Tonight, really, so she doesn't make plans for the three of us next week. Fallujah is the biggest deployment of marines since the battle for Hue ...

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