In the final year of the nineteenth century, Peter Winceworth is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. Increasingly uneasy that his colleagues are attempting to corral language and regiment facts, Winceworth feels compelled to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom, and begins inserting unauthorized, fictitious entries into the dictionary. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, must uncover these mountweazels before the work is digitzed for modern readers. Through the words and their definitions, she begins to sense their creator's motivations, hopes and desires. More pressingly, she also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. . . . As these two narratives combine, Winceworth and Mallory, separated by one hundered years, must discover how to negotiate the complexities of the often untrustworthy, hoax-strewn and undefinable path we call life.
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