A beautiful young woman, a boy, his dead brother. Three people, three destinies - in three very different stories. In the squalor and wonder of nineteenth-century New York the machine age is born ; a modern metropolis is in thrall to the threat of random terror ; and on a future Earth otherworldly life bas arrived. In each the trio take different roles, altered but recognisable, travelling toward some strange, beautiful, redemptive end. A haunting, explosively inventive novel, Specimen Days is the work of one of our most daring and visionary writers.