Strangers at the Port (Paperback)
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Strangers at the Port (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 09/05/2024
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A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023

'Enchanting and haunting'
RACHEL RODDY

'A fable for our times'
SPECTATOR

'This novel amazed me. It is the work of a true original'
LUCIE ELVEN

'A seaside Gothic tale teeming with superstition and mistrust'
READINGS MONTHLY

Giulia is ten. She lives on the greenest island in a volcanic archipelago. She has never left. Her best friend, apart from her older sister Giovanna, is a donkey. Giulia and Giovanna's days on the island are shaped by ritual, community, superstition and isolation.

Until the men arrive. And a foreign yacht anchors at the port. And the vines begin to fail. And everything changes.

From the author of Dolores, Strangers at the Port is an exquisite, enchanted novel about myth and memory, suspicion and dislocation, emigrants and explorers.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399608183
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Curtis - who was included on Granta's recent Best of Young British Novelists list - writes dazzlingly confident prose, too rich to be called spare yet without any superfluous weight. She writes the island as if she were Celine Sciamma shooting Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Francesca Peacock, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

An incredible novel about how the quiet, ritualistic lives of a pair sisters are shaken by the arrival of strangers on their island - Anna Bonet, THE I PAPER

Strangers at the Port is both a fascinating delve into the small, personal stories sacrificed to the grander sweep of history and a provocative creation of a fable for our times - Emily Rhodes, THE SPECTATOR

Lushly poetic - Lucy Thynne, LITERARY REVIEW

Curtis's writing is beautiful - GOOD READING

Reading this wonderfully oblique historical tale is a little like looking at the way light refracts through a prism: its meanings and impressions disperse along its journey to reveal what the author herself has termed 'the slippery overlap between history, fiction and memory' . . . Fascinating - Catherine Jarvie, MARIE CLAIRE, Best Books of 2023

Magnificent - Cal Revely-Calder, TELEGRAPH REVIEW, Books of the Year

Stubbornly enigmatic - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Books of the Year

A mesmeric and lyrical novel about a fictive island and its inhabitants, which eschews narrative convention in favour of something more elusive, fractured, and choral . . . truly original - Ralf Webb, GRANTA, Books of the Year

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