About the book
A young man wakes up in a bare, nameless hospital. Who is he? What is he doing here? He cannot remember anything. On the wall are two security cameras that may of may not be working. Nothing else. A little later he finds a serving tray in his room with a few items on it, including a pencil, three sheets of paper and a note: ‘4.000 words by tomorrow. That’s the deal. Write. Only then will you be given food. Friday.’
The building has two other occupants: the guard Friday and the sick girl Penny Lane. Stanley can obtain food vouchers by writing stories and distracting Penny from her illness. He produces story after story, with recurring motifs: a staircase with a man and a woman, names from well-known films, songs and novels. Snippers of memories of life before the hospital come back.