New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Wall Street Journal Best New Fiction
Kirkus Top 10 Favorite Debut Selection
Orphaned as a boy and raised in the Czech countryside by doting grandparents, scientist Jakub Prochazka has risen to become the country's first astronaut. On a dangerous solo mission to Venus, Jakub befriends a possibly imaginary giant alien spider. Will their philosophical conversations and intense bond be enough to see him through?