A Summer of Drowning

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Jonathan Cape, 2011 - Arctic - 329 pages
At a critical point in her career, painter Angelika Rossdal moves to Kvaloya, a small island deep in the Arctic Circle, to dedicate herself to the solitary pursuit of her craft. With her, she brings her young daughter, Liv, who grows up isolated and unable or unwilling to make friends her own age. Now 28, Liv looks back on her life.Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Novel Award.

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User Review  - jkdavies - LibraryThing

very difficult to describe this book, it is beautiful and strange, but in a self concious way... the problem with having a central character so isolated is that she doesn't care and so you end up not really caring about her. Enjoyable to read but not 100% satisfying Read full review

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User Review  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Quite bad. It's unfortunate, I bought the book after seeing Burnside won the TS Eliot Prize, so he can obviously write poetry. But on the evidence of this, it doesn't seem he can write novels. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

JOHN BURNSIDE has published five works of fiction and eleven collections of poetry, including The Asylum Dance, which won the 2000 Whitbread Poetry Award. His Selected Poems was published in 2006, alongside his memoir, A Lie About My Father, which was the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year. The second volume of his memoir, Waking Up In Toytown, has just been published.

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