The Book of Form and Emptiness

The Book of Form and Emptiness
A brilliantly inventive new novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things, by the Booker Prize finalist author of A Tale for the Time Being


After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen year old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, an.

The Book of Form and EmptinessGry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow clamorous.

At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where things happen. He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance sp.


Gry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow clamorous.

At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where things happen. He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance sp.