'A writer almost uniquely in tune with modern life . . . Ferris's flashes of brilliance are many' Evening Standard
In an America gone awry with strange weather, New York lawyer Tim Farnsworth suffers a peculiar affliction: the inability to stop walking. While his wife, Jane, struggles to keep their family together in the face of the unfathomable, Tim alone must battle to survive pitiless surroundings, encounters with hostile strangers, and the unrelenting demands of his own body. These challenges force Tim to ask life's most pressing questions, which he answers in a final return on foot across country to reunite with his wife and daughter.
Stripped of all defences, and the sense of hope that lies at the very heart of the American dream, Farnsworth is compelled to confront the terrifying reality of what it is to be a human being.
'Original, affecting. An almost unbearable love story, between remissions of intense connection and the human inevitability of parting, between the haven of marriage and all that lies beyond'
'At once riveting, horrifying and deeply sad. Fiction with the force of an avalanche, snowballing unstoppably'
San Francisco Chronicle
'Hugely readable, engaging, original. What an imagination – and what a memorable conceit'
'As hard to pin down as its hero, yet as readable as The Corrections'
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2011