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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,338 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Joinson Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva's motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer. Download and start listening now!

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  • Beautifully written in language too taut, piercing, and smartly observed to be called lyrical, this atmospheric first novel immediately engages, nicely reminding us that odd twists of fate sometimes aren't that odd. Library Journal Starred Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Louden | 2/16/2014

    " oh the writing! i swooned on every page. truly. why not a 5? it's not sticking with me. somehow the deeper emotional resonance wasn't reached but so worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/15/2014

    " Not a lot to say about this book. I finished it a month or so ago and just saw it in my Kindle and remembered I had read it. Nothing in particular stands out in my memory in either a good or a bad way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Megan | 1/15/2014

    " I give up. I tried and wanted to finish it, but this book was slow and did not hold my interest. I don't mind books that bounce between time periods and have two in one stories, but this one was not for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by maven | 1/7/2014

    " It just isn't a very well-written book. The premise is unique, but neither story -- from the past or modern day -- was made interesting by the author. So I quit before I got too far in. "

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