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The Silk Road

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
A spellbinding novel about transience and mortality, by one of the most original voices in American literature

The Silk Road begins on a mat in yoga class, deep within a labyrinth on a settlement somewhere in the icy north, under the canny guidance of Jee Moon. When someone fails to arise from corpse pose, the Astronomer, the Archivist, the Botanist, the Keeper, the Topologist, the Geographer, the Iceman, and the Cook remember the paths that brought them there—paths on which they still seem to be traveling.

The Silk Road also begins in rivalrous skirmishing for favor, in the protected Eden of childhood, and it ends in the harrowing democracy of mortality, in sickness and loss and death. Kathryn Davis’s sleight of hand brings the past, present, and future forward into brilliant coexistence; in an endlessly shifting landscape, her characters make their way through ruptures, grief, and apocalypse, from existence to nonexistence, from embodiment to pure spirit.

Since the beginning of her extraordinary career, Davis has been fascinated by journeys. Her books have been shaped around road trips, walking tours, hegiras, exiles: and now, in this triumphant novel, a pilgrimage. The Silk Road is her most explicitly allegorical novel and also her most profound vehicle; supple and mesmerizing, the journey here is not undertaken by a single protagonist but by a community of separate souls—a family, a yoga class, a generation. Its revelations are ravishing and desolating.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"[Davis] is the kind of writer who makes me want to corner strangers on buses, so I can read whole paragraphs at them." - Kelly Link

"The Silk Road concerns itself with nothing less than the workings of the great wheel of time and its terrifying promises of rebirth and forgetfulness. A mysterious and wonderstruck work." - Joy Williams


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-55597-829-0 / 978-1-55597-829-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Silk Road
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-64445-028-3 / 978-1-64445-028-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-09-400461-8 / 978-1-09-400461-7
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Silk Road: Library Edition
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-09-400460-X / 978-1-09-400460-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-09-400462-6 / 978-1-09-400462-4
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Silk Road: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA