Strangers at the Port

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'This novel amazed me. It is the work of a true original' LUCIE ELVEN
'I loved Strangers at the Port. It is deliciously spare, yet complex - a story of the past as well as a vision of the future' SARA BAUME

Giulia is ten. She lives on the greenest island in a volcanic archipelago. She has never left.

Her best friend, beside her older sister, Giovanna, is a donkey. She ties ribbons around his head and thinks she will marry him when the time comes.

The sisters' days on the island are shaped by ritual, community, superstition and isolation.

It is a place that feels stuck in time: verdant, plentiful, peaceful.

Until the men arrive.

And a foreign yacht anchors at the port.

And the vines begin to fail.

And everything changes.

From the author of Dolores, Strangers at the Port is an exquisite, enchanted, atmospheric novel about myth and memory, suspicion and dislocation, emigrants and explorers.

'Lauren Aimee Curtis brings her alchemical knack to a remote island setting, recounting a story through three vantage points. Giulia and Giovanna's acidic, beguiling accounts of their island's rituals and lore contrast with a third teller whose logbooks fragment into feverish autobiography. Curtis's radiant novel explores the ineffable dimensions of a place, of the past, of a person, which is precisely what I come to literature for' MIREILLE JUCHAU