An eagle in a box. A cryptic report of a student's death. And Silkie. For Professor Stephen Mollgaard these are the trappings of World Two. It pushes against World One: the mundane world of student papers, professional expectations, and Catholic school catechism. A perennial misfit, Stephen has spent his life wondering which world is his.
Afflicted by a vision of a godless, random universe, he teeters on the edge of World Two. When Silkie shows up demanding to be let into his class, Stephen finds himself both captivated and off-balance.
A homeless, twenty-three-year-old schizoaffective, Silkie is unpredictable, and her writing is full of fantastical tales that Stephen can't forget. She invites him into her six-year-old daughter's life and injects herself into his. Even as he begins to comprehend Silkie, however, she disappears - Stephen is determined to find her.
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This is an awesome book. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great read with interesting and developed characters, strong imagery, the drama of a well developed and good story, and a satisfying though unexpected ending. If you like stories that work on a number of levels and that keep you thinking after you’ve finished them, you’ll like this book. It’s on my list as a birthday gift for my friends who are readers.