The Incarnations
The Incarnations The Incarnations
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Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you.

So begins the first letter that falls into Wang’s lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang’s previous lives — from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, to being a teenager in the Red Guard during the cultural revolution —spanning 1,000 years of betrayal and intrigue.

As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him — someone who claims to have known him for over a century. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer . . .

Susan Barker is the author of Sayonara Bar and The Orientalist and the Ghost, both longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. She grew up in East London with a Chinese-Malyasian mother and a British father, and studied creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Additional Information:

  • Author: Susan Barker
  • Published 2016
  • 400 pages, softcover
  • 8 X 5 1/3 inches