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Deep in the future and the past is not allowed to be talked about or visited... Two people fall in love but neither knows what will happen - Kevern knows he can't ask questions right now and Ailinn has grown up in the dark with no idea about who she is.On their first date, Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes but doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality is now a common occurence, so why have these two fallen in love? With catastrophe hanging over the lives of every character, this is a stunning mixture of science fiction and contemporary character-lead storytelling.Longlisted for 2014's Man Booker Prize, J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, it's thought-provoking and life-changing. It is like no other novel that the author Howard Jacobson has written.