Noah Barleywater Runs Away
Noah is leaving home ostensibly because he wants to have adventures and make his way in the world. But something is troubling him, a situation from which he seeks escape. He has not travelled far before he finds himself in a world that seems somehow off kilter, where a dachshund and a donkey can speak, and time runs freely and is difficult to measure. He meets an old man, a master toymaker with a shop full of carefully crafted puppets that he never sells. Their stories movingly unfold in parallel as they relate them to each other in ways that are very satisfying for the reader as the identity of the old man and the anxiety in Noah’s life are gradually revealed.