Island of Wings

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House of Anansi, Sep 8, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
28 Reviews

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction

July, 1830. On the ten-hour sail west from the Hebrides to the islands of St. Kilda, everything lies ahead for Lizzie and Neil McKenzie. Neil is to become the minister to the small community of islanders, and Lizzie, his new wife, is pregnant with their first child. As the two adjust to life on an exposed archipelago on the edge of civilization, where the natives live in squalor and subsist on a diet of seabirds, and babies perish mysteriously in their first week, their marriage -- and their sanity -- is threatened. Is Lizzie a wilful temptress drawing him away from his faith? Is Neilís zealous Christianity unhinging into madness? And who, or what, is haunting the moors and cliff-tops?

Exquisitely written and profoundly moving, Island of Wings is a richly imagined novel about two people struggling to keep their love, and their family, alive in a place of terrible hardship and tumultuous beauty.

  

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User Review  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

As a lover of historical fiction, I picked up this book based on the cover without really knowing much about it. What an interesting story of such a little known place as the St. Kilda islands. Having ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie Frost - Goodreads

I don't go in for historical fiction as a rule, and would not categorize this as such, although it does use as its protagonists a real-life Church of Scotland minister and his wife. What attracted me ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
43
Section 4
113
Section 5
197
Section 6
211
Section 7
223
Section 8
241
Section 9
279
Section 10
301
Section 11
310
Section 12
314
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About the author (2011)

Born and brought up in southern Sweden, Karin Altenberg moved to Britain in 1996. She is currently senior advisor to the Swedish National Heritage Board and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Island of Wings is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second.

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