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The Book of M: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 5, 2018

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An Amazon Best Book of June 2018: What if your shadow inexplicably held memories? And what if, one day, shadows began to disappear? So begins Peng Shepherd’s fascinating debut novel, The Book of M, that explores memory, loss, and a very human apocalypse. One day in a busy Indian market a man’s shadow disappears, and with it his memories begin to unravel. Soon, the affliction spreads across the world, as more and more people slowly lose their memories—and with them their ability to reason. We see this catastrophe unfold through the eyes of Ory and his girlfriend, Max, who have gone into hiding in an abandoned hotel. When Max loses her shadow and disappears into the forest, Ory pursues her and heads south, hoping to find Max before she forgets him. What follows is a spellbinding narrative about love and loss in a nascent world that defies genre and expectations. —Alison Walker

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“I was both disturbed and inspired by Max’s and Ory’s journey through apocalypses large and small. Peng Shepherd has written a prescient, dark fable for the now and for the soon-to-be. The Book of M is our beautiful nightmare shadow.” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World)

“Sheperd’s debut is graceful and riveting, slowly peeling back layers of an intricately constructed and unsettling alternate future.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Eerie, dark, and compelling, this will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014).” (Booklist)

“Brilliant debut... The Book of M is right up there with Station Eleven: achingly beautiful literary novels about a changed world.” (Refinery29.com)

“This is an apocalyptic thriller with heart... The Book of M is devastating and inventive as Shepherd examines the value of memory, packing in imaginative twists as she goes.” (USA Today)

“It is an incredible concept, and she is a brilliant, brilliant new fiction writer. This is someone who you’re eventually going to have on this couch—she’s that good.” (Brad Thor, The Today Show)

“A beautiful and haunting story about the power of memory and the necessity of human connection, this book is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece and the one dystopian novel you really need to read this year.” (Bustle)

The Book of M is exciting, imaginative, unique, and beautiful. Shepherd proves herself not just a writer to watch, but a writer to treasure.” (Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Half a Life )

“Prepare to fall in love with your own shadow. And to lose sleep. Shepherd is urgently good, and has written one of those books that makes you look up at two in the morning, to a world that’s new, newly scary, and freshly appreciated: what all the great stories do.” (David Lipsky, New York Times bestselling author of Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself and Absolutely American)

“A beautifully written existential apocalypse, following everyday people on a search for love, memory and meaning across the richly realized and frighteningly familiar ruins of America.” (Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual, just about 30% longer than it needs to be
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4.0 out of 5 stars A debut that is both original and thought provoking
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing post-apocalyptic journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic, urban fantasy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating from the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very gripping book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant post apocalyptic epic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative, Original and Enchanting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual apocalypse
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly and powerful original novel
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