'Where itaranta shines is in her understated but compelling characters' Red star review (for MEMORY OF WATER), Publishers Weekly.
Emmi It+â-ñranta+óe(tm)s prose combines the lyricism of Ishiguro+óe(tm)s NEVER LET ME GO. This is her second novel, following the award-winning MEMORY OF WATER.
The tapestry of life may be more fragile than it seems: pull one thread, and all will unravel.
In the City of Woven Streets, human life has little value. You practice a craft to keep you alive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted. Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Webs, but secretly knows she doesn+óe(tm)t really belong there. She is hiding a shameful birth defect that would, if anyone knew about it, land her in the House of the Tainted, a prison for those whose very existence is considered a curse.
When an unknown woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana+óe(tm)s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs, Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city+óe(tm)s facade. All the while, the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowning.