Turtle Diary, Hoban, Russell

Turtle Diary

Authors: Hoban, Russell
Publisher: New York Review Books
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC025000, FIC047000
ISBN: 9781590176474
Classification: Fiction
Synopsis: In this wise and touching classic by the author of Riddley Walker, two lonely Londoners bond over a plan to free the sea turtles at the city zoo.

Life in a city can be atomizing, isolating. And it certainly is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers at the center of Russell Hoban’s surprisingly heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of children’s books, who, in her own estimation, “looks like the sort of spinster who doesn’t keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Looks…like a man’s woman who hasn’t got a man.” Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with “minds full of turtle thoughts,” wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into William’s bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality.

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