Monday, September 21, 2015
The Grace Keepers
Info: Crown, copyright 2015, 320 pages
As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.
In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.
North is a performer in a floating circus. She's betrothed to the ringleader's son even though she is secretly pregnant by another man. Callanish is a Gracekeeper conducting burials to passerby, living a guilt stricken life away from her mother. After a terrible storm, the young women meet, and they find the kindred spirits their hearts had always longed for.
Confession time...this was an audiobook read chosen solely because of the author and her accent :) Can you believe that?! While I can't seem to sit down and actually read at the moment, I'm devouring audiobooks left and right, and this was definitely worth the listen. This book reminded me a lot of Waterworld starring Kevin Costner set primarily on water with dreams of land. I actually got kind of stuck on that visual and had trouble imagining this strange and complicated world at first. But, Logan's writing is lyrical, poetic. She creates a unique world without going into exhaustive detail and writes loneliness and sorrow quite beautifully.
North and Callanish are both looking for home, acceptance, and a future that is all their own and not determined by someone else. And what's more noble and humble as that? I can't wait to see what else Kirsty Logan comes up with.