A dazzling novel of family, love, and love's disappointments from the acclaimed Booker Prize-winning author.
Anna's mother, who is in her eighties, is nearing the end of her life. She turns her focus to her hospital window, through which she escapes into visions of horror and delight, condemned to living by her children's pity and subjected to increasingly desperate medical interventions. Anna feels the pull of the window when her finger vanishes and her knee vanishes a few months later. She notices that others are disappearing all around her, but no one else seems to notice. Anna's only goal is to keep her mother alive. However, the window continues to open wider, immersing Anna and the reader in an eerily beautiful story of loss and possibility, of love and orange-bellied parrots.
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