Recommended by bookseller Karin Scherer:
"Of course Colin Thubron is far better known for his travel narratives but I also rate him highly as a novelist. A house is burning. The six tenants are an interesting bunch of people: from a failed priest to a dreamer to a neurosurgeon. Their stories range from an African refugee camp to the cremation grounds of India. Thubron has managed to criss-cross their memories in a story that is both beautiful and mysterious."