Monday, 16 July 2018
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
The world is flooded and society has become divided between the landlocked who live on land and the damplings who live on boats and travel endlessly around the globe.
Callanish lives by herself in the middle of the ocean, carrying out Restings for those who die and tending their graves and the graces (birds) that mark people's deaths.
North lives on a coracle with her beloved bear as part of a floating circus. She faces an arranged marriage and a forced move onto land when all she wants is her bear.
A chance meeting between the two women changes the course of their lives.
This is a beautifully imagined story from a world changed by climate change. The dynamics of the circus community and the prejudices they face from the land dwellers and the military are very well drawn. The relationship between North and her bear is very touching and sweet.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan published by Vintage (2015)