A Summer of Drowning

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Random House, Jan 31, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages

A young girl, Liv, lives with her mother on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. Her only friend is an old man who beguiles her with tales of trolls, mermaids, and the huldra, a wild spirit who appears as an irresistably beautiful girl, to tempt young men to danger and death. Then two boys drown within weeks of each other under mysterious circumstances, in the still, moonlit waters off the shores of Liv's home.

Were the deaths accidental or were the boys lured to their doom by a malevolent spirit?

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User Review  - jkdavies - LibraryThing

very difficult to describe this book, it is beautiful and strange, but in a self concious way... the problem with having a central character so isolated is that she doesn't care and so you end up not really caring about her. Enjoyable to read but not 100% satisfying Read full review

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User Review  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Quite bad. It's unfortunate, I bought the book after seeing Burnside won the TS Eliot Prize, so he can obviously write poetry. But on the evidence of this, it doesn't seem he can write novels. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011, Black Cat Bone won both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prizes for poetry. A judge for the Booker prize in 2015, he is a professor in the School of English at Saint Andrews University.

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