We meet a professor of literature in his 60s, recently married to a just-graduated young woman. For their honeymoon she requests that they travel north and stay on one of the Orkney Islands.
Once there, she becomes withdrawn and spends many hours looking out to sea. A feeling of disquiet builds over the course of the book as the number of unanswered questions multiplies. Narrated solely by the professor, we start to wonder how much of what he tells us is the truth.
The descriptions of place are extraordinarily powerful and beautifully evocative and the echoes of T.S. Eliot’s Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock left me in awe of this young writer.