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Michael Ondaatje's richly charactered new novel begins at "the cat's table" of the Oronsay, where 11-year narrator Michael and his divorced mother share meals and the company of others as they journey from Sri Lanka to England. As the ship cuts its path on the high seas, young Michael and his youthful mealtime friends plot freewheeling adventures onboard. In quieter moments, he seeks the counsel and company of his warm-hearted older cousin Emily. Only later, when he jolts forward into adulthood do all the implications of this adolescent journey play out on his personality. Another artful, nuanced novel by the author of Anil's Ghost and the Booker Award-winning novel The English Patient.