** spoiler alert **
just finished this book literally minutes ago. i absolutely loved it. it was the sort of book you fall asleep reading, far into the night, long after you should have been asleep. it reminded me a lot of paul auster, especially book of illusions. very literary mystery, with reference to borges and philip larken (a poet i have not read). james purdew, the main character, goes through alternate realities, pseudonyms, shifting narratives and possible insanity in a quest to remember three missing years of his life. the ending was truly shocking, i am still trying to piece it together. i only regret its not the kind of book you can read more than once.