Summerwater (Paperback)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.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for July 2021
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021
It is the summer solstice, but in a faded Scottish cabin park the rain is unrelenting. Twelve people on holiday with their families look on as the skies remain resolutely grey. A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a teenage boy chances the dark waters of the loch in his kayak; a retired couple head out despite the downpour, driving too fast on the familiar bends.
But there are newcomers too, and one particular family, a mother and daughter with the wrong clothes and the wrong manners, start to draw the attention of the others. Who are they? Where are they from? Should they be here at all? As darkness finally falls, something is unravelling...
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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 14 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
'Moss's ability to conjure up the fleeting and sometimes agonised tenderness of family life is unmatched . . . A great part of a novelist's skill lies in the breadth of their sympathies and their ability to enter into the lives of people unlike themselves. Moss does this so naturally and comprehensively . . . there is an artfulness to her writing so accomplished as to conceal itself.' - Melissa Harrison, Guardian
'Summerwater is a triumph and confirms Sarah Moss as one of the best writers at work in Britain today.' - Fiona Mozley, author of Elmet
'Moss is a writer who can say more than most others in half the space. Her latest, a haunting story of alienation set on a Scottish campsite, is the summer's most interesting read' - Independent
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
'Suffused with fascination . . . this latest display of Moss's imaginative versatility shine[s] with intelligence' - The 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
'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
'For more than a decade, Sarah Moss has been crafting quiet, complex novels that make an indelible impression on the reader. This is one of her best, and most accessible, and should bring her work to a wider audience.' - Irish Times
'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
'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
'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
'A brilliant, confounding writer' - New Yorker
'A brilliant story of dysfunctional families' - 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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