Published January 30. 2014 4:00AM
No less than James Lee Burke has said that his novels are frequently based on Greek mythology. Stephen King's immortal - literally - "Pet Sematary" is a conscious blending of the Lazarus story and W.W. Jacob's "The Monkey's Paw."
Indeed, the influence and structure of timeless plot lines are often irresistible to modern writers - and such is the case with author Patrick Ness, whose latest novel, "The Crane Wife," is based on a renowned Japanese folk tale.
Ness is a fluently beautiful writer, and "The Crane Wife" is a gorgeous immersion into magical realism that describes how the life of a broken-hearted man is revitalized when he rescues an injured crane that he finds in his backyard.
Though it's not his first adult novel, Ness is probably more renowned as the author of children's books such as "More Than This" and "The Knife of Never Letting Go"; he's won the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award,
Ness will discuss and sign copies of "The Crane Wife" during an author luncheon Friday in Mystic's Bank Square Books.
- RICK KOSTER
Patrick Ness, noon Friday, Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic; $26.95 includes signed hard cover of "The Crane Wife," lunch, and time with author; RSVP required; (860) 536-3795, banksquarebooks.com.