An abducted child lives in a car on the roads of America. In Japan an old woman begs in a computer game arcade. In Mexico the lords of the underworld challenge the living to a deadly game. In Kinshasa a former child soldier sells drugs to survive while in Australia a man struggles to raise a kid between fast food, amphetamines and brushes with suicide. More
Ordinary Things connects everyday objects to global stories of love, food, culture and death. Exploring layers of literature, history and myth beneath the surface of mundane modern rituals, this is a novel about driving to work and Japanese poetry, slavery and telemarketing, war in the Congo, coin operated noodle bars, and crossroads.