A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

By John Burnside

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At a serious element in her profession, painter Angelika Rossdal all of sudden strikes to Kvaloya, a small island deep within the Arctic Circle, to commit herself to the solitary pursuit of her craft. together with her, she brings her younger daughter, Liv, who grows up remoted and not able or unwilling to make buddies her personal age, spending a lot of her time by myself, or with an aged neighbour, Kyrre Jonsson, who beguiles her with outdated folks stories and tales approximately trolls, mermaids and – crucially for the occasions that spread in the summertime of her eighteenth yr – in regards to the huldra, a wild spirit who looks within the kind of an irresistibly attractive lady, to entice younger males to their doom.
Now twenty-eight, Liv seems again on her lifestyles and especially to that summer season while boys drowned less than mysterious conditions within the nonetheless moonlit waters off the shorelines of Kvaloya. have been the deaths unintentional, or have been the men, as Kyrre believes, lured to their deaths through a malevolent spirit? first of all, Liv dismisses the previous man's tales as myth, yet because the summer time maintains and occasions take a good darker flip, she involves think that whatever supernatural is going on at the island. yet is it? Or is Liv, a lonely woman who has spent her whole existence within the shadow of her attractive, talented mom, slowly starting to lose contact with reality?
Set within the white nights of an Arctic summer time, the radical has the heightened, hallucinogenic surroundings of a dream, yet culminates in a second of profound horror.

Intensely imagined and exquisitely written, A summer time of Drowning is a play of darkish and lightweight, of having a look and seeing, that might carry and hang-out each reader.

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Her usually rosy cheeks were deathly pale and her eyes were as wide as plates. 'He's long gone, Miles,' she whispered. ' 'That's impossible! ' 'God only knows,' said Frankie. ' 16 Marin County, California. The next day Amber's flight arrived late at night and she returned to her airy, echoing home in Pacific Heights. The next morning she awoke to a blue-sky California day. The bright sunlight and warm breeze blowing in from the bay helped thaw the lingering chill from the dream of dying that still made her shudder.

Her jet-lag was under control and the puzzles were interesting, but she was finding it hard to concentrate. Her mind kept wandering to her mother and sister. Particularly her sister. Talking about her twin with Miles Fleming and seeing the medical pictures of when they had been conjoined had stirred up all her old feelings of guilt, regret and loss. Reaching for the bedside table, she retrieved the worn photograph she always carried with her. It showed Ariel and herself embracing in front of a full-length mirror.

He blinked his left eye twice. Fleming and Brown had spent months calibrating Brian not only to amplify and interpret brain waves but also to correlate their patterns to words. For the last month Rob had been poring silently over selected text passages while Brian read his mind, correlating his thought patterns to the words he was reading and finding simple connections. By linking the machine to a voice synthesizer Fleming hoped to translate Rob's thought words into speech. And today was the day.

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