Egan s best novel to date. Sold out in trade editions.
As a young boy, Prabir Suresh lives with his parents and sister on an otherwise uninhabited island in a remote part of the Indonesian peninsula.
Prabir names it Teranesia, populating it with imaginary creatures even stranger than the evolutionarily-puzzling butterflies that his parents are studying. Civil war strikes, orphaning Prabir and his sister.
Eighteen years later, rumours of bizarre new species of plants and animals being discovered in the peninsula that was their childhood home draw Prabir's sister back to the island - Prabir cannot bear for her to have gone out alone and he follows, to discover birds and orchids even stranger than the butterflies: mutants that are evidence of frightfully sped-up evolutionary changes with no discernable cause. Prabir is forced to confront his past and to face the painful realities that have shaped his life.