Jacob Little is in trouble - existential trouble. Ten years ago, in pursuit of a philosophical theory, he ditched his girlfriend Solace and took to the road, adopting a series of personae and obsessions: he's been Keith, the archaeologist, Otto, the purple-bearded pagan, Isaac, the gardener, and many more.
Now, with no sense of who he is at all, he's decided to find the one person who knows the real Jacob - Solace.
Jacob's quest leads him to Solace's Scottish hometown and into the lives of four people with their own issues: his self-deluding landlady; a teenager looking for a grand romance; an old watchmaker longing for a son; and a young girl who would rather be a boy.
Each sees Jacob in a different light. For each, he is a catalyst. But where does that leave Jacob? And will he ever find Solace? As deadly serious as it is funny, this is a novel about identity, love, religion, memory, self-perception, modern Britain and time.
A novel to make you question yourself; a novel to obsess about.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 14/08/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340992524