Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic

By Neve Maslakovic

On a foggy Monday in 1986, the universe unexpectedly, all of sudden, bifurcated. Fast-forward to 35 years later: Felix Sayers is a culinary author dwelling in San Francisco of Universe A who spends his days lunching at Coconut Cafe and dreaming of penning an Agatha Christie-style secret. yet every thing alterations while his Aunt Henrietta dies, leaving Felix a photo of his father and himself--dated ten days sooner than Felix used to be born. it could actually in basic terms suggest something: Felix has an 'alter' in Universe B. Panicked that his secret novel might already exist, Felix crosses to San Francisco B and proceeds to flagrantly violate the foundations of either worlds through snooping round his alter's lifestyles. but if he narrowly escapes a hit-and-run, it turns into transparent that somebody understands he is crossed over... and whoever it's is not satisfied approximately it. Now Felix needs to discover the reality approximately his regulate, the occasions of 1 Monday, and a wayward rubber duck ahead of his time in both worlds runs out.

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I’d never been much of a tea drinker. I tried an almond thin, which wasn’t bad, and offered him one. He accepted the almond thin and dipped it in his tea, spilling a couple of drops on the sleeve of his tweed jacket in the process. “You can’t get a decent cup of coffee in the whole city, but they sell something called coffee-table books. And a whole rack of standalone dictionaries. Why bother? Dictionaries always need updating. Atlases too. I get it with the really old books, the ones written before we figured out how to do things better.

I would need them all. Spying on Felix B without alerting him to my presence—and maybe even my existence—was going to be tricky. I had found out about him by chance and so was here risking loss of personal detail instead of finishing up the workweek at Wagner’s Kitchen Appliances, Gadgets, and Cutlery. I was pretty sure he didn’t have a clue that I existed. The seat speakers were still rambling on about tourist sites not to be missed and, across the room, Murphina’s owner was having a heated discussion with the woman in the tangerine dress.

So you go in and order whatever you like to eat—” “Italian wedding soup. The Persian plate. ” “Soup, then. You taste the Universe B soup and perhaps find that it’s exactly the same as the soup in the Coconut Café of Universe A. Disappointing. After all, you’ve come all that way. ” She closed the bag and dropped it on the floor where it landed with a soft thud. “Or the Universe B soup isn’t the same and you’re sitting there wolfing down a bowl of mouthwatering broth, knowing full well that the soup back home will never measure up again.

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