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In 'Bone Clocks,' David Mitchell ties his universes together
In 'Bone Clocks,' David Mitchell ties his universes together

We enter David Mitchell's new novel, "The Bone Clocks," through a conventional door: Holly Sykes, a mouthy British teenager in 1984, is sleeping with an older guy and spending time with a bad-news best friend. After a fight she decides to take off, a short runaway jag, the kind designed to teach her concerned family a lesson. "Six days should do it…" she thinks, "Six days'll show Mam I can look after myself in the big bad world." There are many kinds of novels this could become: A bildungsroman, a commentary on Thatcherite England, a horror story, a YA romance. "The Bone Clocks" is none of them. Mitchell earned a devoted readership...

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