Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize
Nia Vine is about to fulfil her dream of exploring an unmapped cave system. With her will go two friends who were brought up in the same seaside town. These companions are international travellers, but Nia, who has recently become a mother, feels her experience insignificant compared with that of her friends.
While the three explore, Nia finds herself obsessed by a series of dreams that finally lead to a shocking revelation. As events unfold, the strands of her life come into focus - her dysfunctional parents, the daughter she must raise differently, the friends with whom she shared childhood.
In a novel whose range includes Saskatchewan, Kerala and the Welsh coast, three times Wales ‘Book of the Year’ winner Robert Minhinnick writes with all the lyricism expected from the author of Sea Holly, which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, Limestone Man and the TS Eliot-shortlisted poetry collection, Diary of the Last Man.
Page-turningly evocative, immersive and compelling, Robert Minhinnick has written a novel in which realism and poetry collide and mingle.