The Gloaming

The Gloaming

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'The best lives leave a mark.' A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home.

Mara's island is one of stories and magic, but every story ends in the same way. She will finish her days on the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the islanders before her.

Mara's parents - a boxer and a ballerina - chose this enchanted place as a refuge from the turbulence of their previous lives; they wanted to bring up their children somewhere special and safe. But the island and the sea don't care what people want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara's world unravels.

It takes the arrival of Pearl, mysterious and irresistible, to light a spark in Mara again, and allow her to consider a different story for herself.

The Gloaming is a gorgeous tale of love and grief, and the gap between fairy tales and real life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 30mm | 448g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911215930
  • 9781911215936
  • 20,729

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"I was captivated...Magical beliefs and stories, unreliable narrators and tragic events are all woven together beautifully. Mara's family and their many losses, and Mara's relationship with Pearl are heartbreaking and compelling to read. The characters were beautifully flawed and complex, I couldn't stop turning the pages '" -- Jess Richards, author of Snake Ropes "The Gloaming is a lyrical tale of family and isolation and love, brought to life through the magic of Logan's unique imagination and exquisite prose." -- Helen Sedgwick
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About Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer. Her first book, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, won the Scott Prize and was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Her novel, The Gracekeepers, won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle for best debut. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals throughout the world. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue puppy.
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Review Text

"The Gloaming is a lyrical tale of family and isolation and love, brought to life through the magic of Logan’s unique imagination and exquisite prose."
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16 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 31% (5)
4 50% (8)
3 12% (2)
2 6% (1)
1 0% (0)
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