- Published: 03/06/2021
- ISBN: 9781783787692
- Granta Books
- 368 pages
Signs for Lost Children
Only weeks into their marriage a young couple embark on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses and his wife Ally, Doctor Moberley-Cavendish, stays and works at the Truro asylum. As Ally plunges into the institutional politics of mental health, Tom navigates the social and professional nuances of late 19th century Japan. With her unique blend of emotional insight and intellectual profundity, Sarah Moss builds a novel in two parts from Falmouth to Tokyo, two maps of absence; from Manchester to Kyoto, two distinct but conjoined portraits of loneliness and determination. An exquisite continuation of the story of Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children will amaze Sarah Moss’s many fans.
Sarah Moss is one of our country's most underrated writers... [Signs for Lost Children is] full of humanity, historical insight and beautiful writing... If there is one author you take a chance on this year, let it be her - it's time, and money, well spent
Fiona Wilson, The Times
Quietly devastating... These lateral portraits of disillusionment are excellently rendered. Tom's journey is external and exotic ... [and] is beautifully delivered (Moss is an effortlessly elegant writer), but in the end it is Ally's internal odyssey that grips... A compelling, often harrowing, occasionally heartbreaking read
Sarah Crown, Guardian
Stunning... the richness of Moss's work is astonishing. Few writers demonstrate such quietly magisterial command of the rocky territories of both the heart and mind
Lucy Scholes, Independent
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