Summerwater: Signed Exclusive Edition (Hardback)Sarah Moss (author)
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A profound novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a bittersweet portrait of modern Britain, presented through the microcosm of a drab Scottish cabin park.
Signed Exclusive Edition with special endpapers and an extra essay called Rain.
From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided times.
On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.
A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, it is utterly of the moment, placing its anxious human dots against a vast indifferent landscape; with its wit and verve and beautiful organisation it throws much contemporary writing into the shade!' - Hilary Mantel, Man Booker winning author of Wolf Hall
Nothing escapes her sly humour and brilliant touch. Deft and brimming with life, Summerwater is a novel of endless depth. A masterpiece.' - Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
'Summerwater is a triumph and confirms Sarah Moss as one of the best writers at work in Britain today.' - Fiona Mozley, author of Elmet
'Summerwater is a beautiful book, written with delicacy and grace, yet with an undertow as dark as the Scottish loch by which its characters are holidaying in ignorance of the tragedy to come. If you are a huge fan of Moss's work, as I am, you will find yourself parceling it out, to read a chapter a day, like a gift.' - Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard
'With delicate precision, Summerwater takes the moral and emotional temperature of a whole society. It is matchless, too, in its blending of steely insight with humour and compassion.' - Pankaj Mishra, author of The Age of Anger
'Moss is the most brilliant writer. She deserves to win all the prizes.' - Joanna Trollope, author of City of Friends
'Moss has quietly, and it must be said remarkably quickly, been putting out some of the most interesting and carefully sculpted novels of recent years.' - Financial Times
'This novel - about crisis and isolation in its own ways - moved and encouraged me in difficult times. Another deft, sensitive, crystalline book by Sarah Moss; I loved it.' - Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From
'I read this brilliant novel in one greedy gulp. Sarah Moss is an acute observer of modern life and puts humanity on the page with deep understanding and wit.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
'A masterful and immerse exercise in tension; here are the many conflicting voices of modern Britain in microcosm. Sarah Moss reminds us that society is only ever two short steps away from collapse.' - Benjamin Myers, author of The Offing
'One of our very best contemporary novelists.' - Independent
'Moss's star is firmly in the ascendant' - Guardian
'One of the finest contemporary writers working in Britain today' - Stylist
'Moss combines exquisite nature writing, original characters and a cracking thriller plot. [Ghost Wall] deserves to pull her . . . on to the prize podiums.' - The Times
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Summerwater is a gorgeous, graceful collection of stories that make up a novel capturing life from all it’s different perspectives. Read it in one sitting and have considered the beautiful prose often since.
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