View Gallery

Available

Orkney

A Novel

List Price: $15.95

April 1, 2014 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781619023161
Order Now From Indiebound

"A haunting novel set on a beautifully described remote island in Orkney... It's like a folk ballad, full of otherworldly emotion and strange impulses." —Marie Claire

Following her wonderful debut, The Still Point, Sackville returns with a strangely beautiful short novel about love and sex and obsession. A literature professor marries his prize student, a woman forty years his junior, and at her request he takes her to the sea for their honeymoon. He is embarked on his life’s work, a book about enchantment-narratives in literature, most all of them involving strange girls and women, but soon finds himself distracted by his own enchantment for his new white-haired young wife.

They travel to the Orkney Islands, the ancient Mesolithic and Neolithic site north of the Scottish coast, “the Seal Islands,” a barren place of extraordinary beauty. And as the days of their honeymoon pass his desire and his constant, yearning contemplation become his normality. His mysterious bride becomes his entire universe.

He is consumed.

AMY SACKVILLE was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.

Praise

“A haunting novel set on a beautifully described remote island in Orkney… It’s like a folk ballad, full of otherworldly emotion and strange impulses.” —Marie Claire

“Sackville writes like a dream (in all senses), conveying both the uncanny power of love and the inscrutable heartbreak of loss.” —Kirkus

“Sackville’s novel will appeal to literature aficionados: a Lolita-esque love, a romance born out of academia, and folklore come to life.” —Booklist

“A truly remarkable feat of writing… it sets Amy Sackville up as one of the UK’s most exciting new writers … she is a genius with her turn of phrase: deft, evocative and clever. One of those writers who so vividly illustrates her story it’s actually physically satisfying to read.” —Stylist

Related Products