David Duchovny’s quirky new novel ‘Miss Subways’ offers a wild journey

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David Duchovny performs on stage during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Public Hotel on April 22 in New York City. | Getty Images

Though primarily known for his acting roles in TV series such as “The X-Files,” David Duchovny has the writing gene as well.

Duchovney’s new book “Miss Subways” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) is a quirky, wholly original — and at times baffling — novel that tackles an Irish myth and gives it a contemporary spin, mixing it with legends and stories from other worlds.

What starts as a simple story of a woman in love turns into a battle with fate.

Emer commutes every day on the New York subway to her job and daydreams of a better life. Her boyfriend Con, a struggling writer, lives with her.

One night after a lecture, she waits for him to come home while he hangs out with a mysterious woman named Anansi. In the middle of the night, she gets a knock at the door expecting Con. But it’s a tiny doorman named Sid who tells her she must make a choice: Con is about to die, but she can save him by giving him up forever with no memory of them knowing each other. If she refuses, his life is over.

“Miss Subways,” a novel by David Duchovny. | Farrar, Straus and Giroux via AP

“Miss Subways,” a novel by David Duchovny. | Farrar, Straus and Giroux via AP

Her answer and the ramifications of her decision spin the story to an endearing conclusion.

Duchovny masters dialogue and various monsters and mythologies to weave a tale that’s probably not for everyone. While rooting for Emer and Con to find happiness, readers will also question fate and reality.

“Miss Subways” reads like a hybrid of the TV show “Twin Peaks” and the 1998 film “Sliding Doors” merged with a love letter to New York City. A wild and unpredictable journey from Duchovny’s bold imagination awaits readers.

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