The clarity of Colm Toibin's prose is blended with the
emotional truth of Anne Enright in this stand-out new
novel of belonging and loss
He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the
Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine - the authentic
Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer.
Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the
other with his faithful rendition of its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.
But the people who live here on this rock - three miles wide and half-a-mile
long - have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken
and what is given in return. Over the summer each of the women and men in
the household this French and Englishman join is forced to question what they
value and what they desire. At the end of the summer, as the visitors head
home, there will be a reckoning.
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