The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers

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The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.

The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.

Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.

When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 29mm | 591g
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846559162
  • 9781846559167
  • 81,470

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"The Gracekeepers is enchanting and heart-tugging. If you love Margaret Atwood you'll love this" * Sunday Telegraph * "A wondrous read" * Stylist * "A wondrous read" * Stylist * "Clever and original" -- Kate Saunders * The Times * "Truly magical" * Heat * "A bold, fresh new talent... a wild, original imagination" * Independent on Sunday * "A gorgeously melancholy novel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale of mermen and mourning birds, ghost cities on the ocean floor, and precious soil. I envy the reader who is just now picking it up." * Herald * "Highly original ... set in a haunting sea-world both familiar and mysterious" -- Ursula K. Le Guin "Rich and strange... memorable and beautiful" * Daily Mail * "Everything about this book is beautiful: the language is a poetic and diaphanous as nature and the many characters who contribute to the story are utterly authentic in this magic realist world. Every one of them stays with you, leaving you craving more about their back stories and their fates... This is a delicious piece of work from a supremely talented young writer" * Scotsman * "A delightful fantasy in the mould of The Night Circus" * Red * "[A] remarkable story about love, family, roots and obligations... A colourful magic realist novel about finding your place" * Diva * "Lyrical and moving" * ELLE * "There's a dreamy coolness to this magical debut" * Psychologies * "An enchanting, magical tale, and Kirsty Logan's writing is beautiful. Compelling and vivid, with Scottish lore woven lyrically throughout, The Gracekeepers explores such issues as loneliness and isolation, our innate tendencies to create divisions between ourselves and others, the consequences of long-ago actions, and, ultimately, the restoration of hope." -- Sara Gruen "[Logan] has picked up [Angela] Carter's mantle and has written, in her own alluring voice, a fairy tale which glitters like sun on the sea where it is set, weaving a story in which all readers can, if they allow themselves to see it, discover something of their own desires and dreams...one to relish and re-read with great excitement" * Welsh Arts Review * "Beautiful and bewitching: read it and be swept away on a magical wave of love and language" * Bookseller * "The Gracekeepers is a seemingly impossible combination of the lyrical and the gritty, the magical and the brutal. In haunting prose Kirsty Logan has woven a compelling, emotionally dense fairytale that kept me enthralled `til the last page" -- Tamar Cohen "A bewitching tale" * Big Issue * "This modern fairytale has moments of exceptional insight and thrilling action" -- Theresa Munoz * Herald *
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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 Award. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals throughout the world. She lives in Glasgow with her fiancee and their rescue puppy.

www.kirstylogan.com
@kirstylogan
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Review Text

"An enchanting, magical tale, and Kirsty Logan’s writing is beautiful. Compelling and vivid, with Scottish lore woven lyrically throughout, The Gracekeepers explores such issues as loneliness and isolation, our innate tendencies to create divisions between ourselves and others, the consequences of long-ago actions, and, ultimately, the restoration of hope."
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Rating details

4,873 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 19% (921)
4 36% (1,775)
3 33% (1,589)
2 10% (482)
1 2% (106)
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