Susan Fletcher

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The Silver Dark Sea

book | Fiction | 2012
UK & Canada → Fourth Estate Limited (Ed. Clare Reihill)

'…He was not drowning, or asking for help. He simply floated. He seemed to smile, as he floated there. And then he raised his arms – he raised them above him, pressed his palms together as if he was in prayer – and he threw those arms forwards so that his fingertips broke the water and his head and body followed in an arc. He dived into the sea, and was gone. Briefly, there was nothing. Then, in his wake, there was a tail – a huge, silver-flashing tail. It raised itself up, like a mirror. And it sank down where the black-haired man had been. The pig-farmer stood very still. He blinked, shook his head. A fish? Or a man? Neither? Or both?'

On the island of Parla, some believe in the ancient tale of the Fishman, others believe in nothing. All carry with them the mourning and sadness for what the sea has taken away. But when a man with no name is washed up on the stones of Sye, it appears the mythical figure has returned. Now the islanders must unearth the pains of the past in the hope that the Fishman will bring new fortunes.

Lyrical and redemptive, The Silver Dark Sea is a powerful new story of love, loss and the lore of the sea from Susan Fletcher, award-winning author of Eve Green and Oystercatchers. It tells how the sea gives, and how it takes away, leaving us myths which will alter the lives of a community forever.

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A wonderfully redemptive story of love and loss…Susan Fletcher’s prose shimmers like light on water, and she’s equally adept at charting the emotions of her memorable characters.
Marie Claire

Quietly beautiful…poetic, dreamlike prose
Sunday Times

Fletcher is a powerful storyteller- full-blooded, a bit old-fashioned and with a knack for combining sensual narratives with a feel for ancient myth and natural landscape… Delicious, briny writing

Smooth, flowing and feminine, Fletcher's prose lulls you with its lyricism and emotional resonance… [a] fishy, mythical tale of love and loss and the depths that grief can reach Lesley McDowell
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