Palimpsest Author:Catherynne M. Valente Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse ? a voyage permitted only to those who?ve always believed there?s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a ma... more »p of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night.
To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They?ve each lost something important ? a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life ? and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.« less