Release Date: November 29, 2022


Speaking to No. 4
New Europe Books
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From America to France and Eastern Europe to Japan, this quest for a woman who has disappeared is a psychological mystery and an architectural odyssey in one. 

Where is Alma? A future husband—No. 4—is desperately seeking his fiancée, who has disappeared. To locate her, he is interviewing her three former husbands, her sister, and ex sister-in-law. Could she be hiding in a French monastery? A Japanese shukubo (temple lodging)? Or maybe she is the victim of a belief in a Balkan creation myth? 

Written in six voices that come together in a seamless and often comical narrative,Speaking to No. 4 is both a psychological mystery and a meditation on our construction of space. As husband No. 3, the Architect, says to husband-to-be No. 4, “Think of Japanese space as a novel in which the main character is absent.”

"A strange, funny, and completely original novel. Ifland is a master satirist, an elegant plotter, and, at heart, a philosopher who brings international flair to her work." —Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction

"A highly imaginative, cunningly plotted world tour of a novel in search of its elusive heroine, the soul (appropriately named Alma). Its explorations of the interconnected realms of storytelling and desire will keep readers ensnared right up to the unexpected conclusion." Carolyn Burke, author of No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf and Foursome

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