A postmodern Victorian novel about faith, knowledge and our inner needs.
The late 1870s, the Kentish village of Downe. The villagers gather in church one rainy Sunday. Only Thomas Davies stays away. The eccentric loner, father of two and a grief-stricken widower, works as a gardener for the notorious naturalist, Charles Darwin.
He shuns religion. But now Thomas needs answers. What should he believe in? And why should he continue to live? ------ Why Peirene chose to publish this book: 'This is Peirene's most poetic book yet.
A tale of God, grief and talking chickens. Like Dylan Thomas in Under Milk Wood, Carlson evokes the voices of an entire village, and, through them, the spirit of the age.
This is no page-turner, but a story to be inhabited, to be savoured slowly.' Meike Ziervogel, Publisher