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New York, 2000. Kate and Ben meet at a party and fall instantly, irrevocably in love. Around them, the city glows. It is the first year without a war anywhere. A woman is president, and an air of camaraderie permeates the streets of Manhattan. Kate falls asleep, knowing she is loved.
London, 1593. Kate wakes as Emilia – the mistress of a nobleman – and finds the plague at her door. Afflicted by premonitions of a burnt and lifeless city, she sets out to save the world. Each decision she makes will change her life with Ben for ever.
A story of love and alternate universes, madness and time travel, The Heavens is a dream bound up in a strange awakening; it is a novel of what we have lost, and what we might yet be able to save.
Praise for Sandra Newman: ‘What an astonishing achievement. I can’t remember when I last read something so original or sophisticated or emotionally engaging or so breathtakingly ambitious.’ Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life ‘Extraordinary … As the momentum builds … raw, addictive lyricism develops.’ – Guardian ‘Captivating.’ – Independent ‘Haunting and heartbreaking… Epic.’ – Vanity Fair
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