From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes another ingenious, provocative, and mesmerizing new novel that explores big questions about humanity-about who we are and what we are capable of doing in order to survive. Fate can take many forms. For Henry, it arrives in an envelope from a stranger containing a story by Flaubert, a play featuring two characters named Beatrice and Virgil, and a note signed 'Henry,' with an address in the same city. From the moment Henry finds the address and steps into a taxdermist's shop, a place unlike anywhere he has ever been, his life is changed. In this extaordinary feat of storytelling, Yann Martel poses enduring questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity. Just as with Life of Pi, Martel's wit, pathos, and probing humanity, are sure to hold readers in thrall.