Island of Wings
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 Neil’s 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
The Orange Prize longlist always seems to have a few of these real-life-translated-to-novel books on it. The problem with them, I think, is that when one tries to directly translate real life to a ... Read full review
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"At last the firm ground of Hirta, our lost Eden!", 21 January 2016 This review is from: Island of Wings (Kindle Edition) Based on a real-life Scottish minister and his wife who came to serve in the ... Read full review