The New York Times bestselling author of The Imperfectionists – one of the most celebrated debuts of recent years – returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a bookseller who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. As a child, Tooly Zylberberg was spirited away from home – and involved in capers all over the globe – by a group of seductive outsiders. There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for books; the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared. Years later, Tooly, now the thirtysomething owner of an isolated bookstore in the Welsh countryside, believe she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then, startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secretes and about how we must choose to make our own place in the world.