Operation Wandering Soul

Richard Powers

RRP: £8.99

1 August 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848871434

RRP: £4.99

16 May 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781838950125


In the paediatrics ward of a public hospital, a group of sick children is gathering. The surrogate parents of this band – a tired, overworked surgical resident and his physiotherapist – are charged with prolonging their lives using storytelling and make-believe alone.

Operation Wandering Soul is a story about imagination and memory. At once a social indictment and an intensely emotional account of intimate need, it asks how we might keep alive a little longer the vanishing narratives of childhood.

‘Richard Powers is the most intellectually stimulating novelist at work in the English language today’ Daily Telegraph