The twentieth light novel of Baccano! is 1931 ~ Winter: The Time of the Oasis
It was published on March 09, 2013 and is 296 pages long.
While extraordinary events are unfolding aboard the transcontinental express Flying Pussyfoot during its journey from Chicago to New York in 1931, another series of remarkable events occur in the forests by the riverbank near the railroad tracks. Ghosts wait to give their comrades a signal, delinquent youths prepare to pick up dropped cargo, a women bandit group plans a train robbery, and a boy ventures out for the first time.
Everything comes to a head when the train crosses the bridge...
- Extra Chapter 1
- Prologue 1: Rabbit Hutch
- Prologue 2: Vanishing Bunny
- Chapter 1: Dance with a Wild Rabbit
- Extra Chapter 2
- Interlude 1
- Chapter 2: Rabbits Huddled Together
- Chapter 3: Bunny & Honey
- Chapter 4: Rabbit Pursued & Rabbit Stewed
- Extra Chapter 3
- Interlude 2
- Chapter 5: Running Like a Frightened Rabbit
- Extra Chapter 4
- Final Chapter: Anyhow, Any Hare
- Extra Chapter 5
- Epilogue: The White Rabbits Return from the Tea Party
- This novel is a revised update of the gaiden novel 193X The Time Of the Oasis, which was originally released in three parts between March 26, 2008 to May 28, 2008 in conjunction with DVD volumes 6-8 of the 2007 anime adaptation. According to author Ryohgo Narita, the light novel is almost exactly the same as the gaiden novel with the exception of the added Extra Chapters.
- Narita decided to revise the gaiden novel into book form as an important preface to the succeeding novel 1935-C: The Grateful Bet, which features several characters from Time of the Oasis. Having originally written the gaiden novel five years prior to its final form, he has admitted to feeling some embarrassment when looking the original gaiden novel over.
- From the afterword, it appears that Narita expected Time of the Oasis to be released on February 10, ten years to the day since he debuted with The Rolling Bootlegs. For unknown reasons, Time of the Oasis would instead release one month later, on March 9, 2003.