As people tend not to suspect that their ornaments might be watching, they will do all sorts of things right in front of them... this is the extraordinary premise on which this story begins. This ancient Sumerian bowl is an observant narrator with metamorphic powers and an irrepressible ability to catalogue absolutely everything about everyone he (is the bowl a he?) has ever met or been owned by over many, many years.
The bowl's present owner is the lonely Rosa who allows her friend, the calculating Nikki, to stay at hers for a while. The ensuing story of theft, prostitution, an obese angel, a kidnapped agony-aunt, more theft and several assassins is intertwined with historical tales from the bowl's vast back-catalogue, as well as a bit of mischievous shape-shifting.
Although a couple of readers felt that Fischer simply invented words to suit his purpose (you might need a dictionary at hand!), different types of effective word-play reoccur throughout the book. Despite this title not officially having an LGBT theme, there are a couple of unanticipated moments that can be counted! This was a very unusual book and, although it might take a few chapters to get into, is well worth a go.