LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2015
The Shore. A collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean that has been home to generations of fierce and resilient women. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it’s a place they’ve inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a brave girl’s determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, to a lesson in summoning storm clouds to help end a drought, these women struggle against domestic violence, savage wilderness, and the corrosive effects of poverty and addiction to secure a sense of well-being for themselves and for those they love.
Their interconnecting stories form a deeply affecting legacy of two island families, illuminating the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.
Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a richly unique, breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut novel by a young writer of astonishing gifts.
The Shore is without a doubt one of the strongest debut novels to be published in 2015, and heralds the start of what we are certain will be an illustrious career for Sara Taylor. When we read it we immediately fell in love with its beautiful yet devastating prose, and its highly ambitious concept which has immediately brought comparisons with David Mitchell. Written by an author who penned the novel when she was only twenty-four, we believe that The Shore will certainly be on prize shortlists at the end of the year, and possibly winning them. This is why we are producing an exclusive limited edition of this stunning novel, which will be 500 numbered copies with grey sprayed edges. The novel is an interconnected series of stories about two families in a group of islands off the coast of Virginia. Spanning hundreds of years it shows us how our actions can have unseen effects on the fates of others and how the bonds of blood affect each and every one of us
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