Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Soot By Dan Vyleta and I would like to share an extract, with all of you. Thank you very much to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Release date: 27 02 2020
Price*: Kindle £12.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £18.99 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Hardback $18.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 560
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Description of the book: Welcome to a world where every desire is visible, rising from the body as a plume of Smoke. A world where bodies speak to one another and infect each other with desire, anger, greed. It is 1909 and this world stands on a precipice – some celebrate this constant whisper of skin to skin, and some seek to silence it forever.
Enter Eleanor, a young woman with a strange power over Smoke and niece of the Lord Protector of England. Running from her uncle and home, she finds shelter in a New York theatre troupe.
Then Nil, a thief hiding behind a self-effacing name. He’s an orphan snatched from a jungle-home and suspects that a clue to his origins may lie hidden in the vaults of the mighty, newly-risen East India Company.
And finally Thomas, one of the three people to release Smoke into the world. On a clandestine mission to India, he hopes to uncover the origins of Smoke and lay to rest his doubts about what he helped to unleash.
In a story that crosses continents – from India to England’s Minetowns – these three seek to control the power of Smoke. As their destinies entwine, a cataclysmic confrontation looms: the Smoke will either bind them together or forever rend the world.
Postcards from the world of Soot: Characters
The niece of the most powerful man in England. Awkward and out-of-place, the Smoke behaves strangely around her. People notice her—and keep their distance.
In the words of SOOT:
“It must be strange, being like that. Lonely. Like being the biggest fish in the pond. Some new kind nobody’s ever seen, a catfish maybe, sitting there on the muddy floor, huge and unmoving. All the others watching it from the corner of one eye.”
Nil goes by many appellations. He does not know his real name. Nor does he know where he was born, cannot name the village or the country. As a result, he has shaped himself into someone who can be anyone you’d like him to be—so that he can better rip you off.
In the words of SOOT:
“Nothing, Nought, Nil—he has adopted the brisk version of the name, prefers it over others for the limited dialogue he holds with himself. Around town he is known by many names, as Maka and Mani; Fernando and Vikram; Carlito, Mohammed, Ezekiel, and Joe. He passes as Mexican, Red Indian, Hindustani; as an Eskimo, an Arab, a Negro half-breed who has ironed the kink out of his hair. As anything and everything—only never as white. It is all that holds him together: a palimpsest of names and the dark hue of his skin, a reddish brown, stretched over a facial geometry he has never found mirrored in anyone else.”
About the author: Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King’s College, Cambridge. His debut novel, Pavel & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, The Crooked Maid, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. When not reading or writing novels, Dan Vyleta watches cop shows, or listens to CDs from his embarrassingly large collection of jazz albums. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Website: http://danvyleta.com/ / Twitter: @danvyleta
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