It’s 1970s Canada. The small island community of Bear Lake is awash with rumours of lay-offs and wildcat strikes at the mill. But for young Tom, nothing is more important than hanging out with his best friend, Cormic, except perhaps catching a glimpse of Sasha Dovonovitch, the foreman’s daughter.
When a tragic accident occurs at the mill, the whole community unites – but in a small town, pointed fingers and hushed gossip can only stir further trouble…
‘I read it at a sitting, and then again to savour its rich characterisation and powerful story.’ – Allan Massie, novelist and journalist
‘Prendiville’s writing lifts the curtain on the contradictions of the human soul.’ – Benoît Breville, journalist, Le Monde Diplomatique
‘The unsettling culmination leaves ripples for years to come.’ – Fiona Vigo Marshall, author of Find Me Falling