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Publisher's Summary

2021 NPR Best Book of the Year
2020 The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year
2020 The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year

"[Morven] Christie's narration keeps listeners rapt while maintaining rhythm with the action, be it a runner's stride, lovers' desire, a child's watchfulness. The result is a memorable marriage of remarkable fiction and outstanding performance." (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)

The acclaimed author of Ghost Wall offers a new, devastating, masterful novel of subtle menace

They rarely speak to each other, but they take notice - watching from the safety of their cabins, peering into the half-lit drizzle of a Scottish summer day, making judgments from what little they know of their temporary neighbors. On the longest day of the year, the hours pass nearly imperceptibly as twelve people go from being strangers to bystanders to allies, their attention forced into action as tragedy sneaks into their lives.

At daylight, a mother races up the mountain, fleeing into her precious dose of solitude. A retired man studies her return as he reminisces about the park’s better days. A young woman wonders about his politics as she sees him head for a drive with his wife, and tries to find a moment away from her attentive boyfriend. A teenage boy escapes the scrutiny of his family, braving the dark waters of the loch in a kayak. This cascade of perspective shows each wrapped up in personal concerns, unknown to each other, as they begin to notice one particular family that doesn’t seem to belong. Tensions rise, until nightfall brings an irrevocable turn.

From Sarah Moss, the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall - a “riveting” (Alison Hagy, The New York Times Book Review) “sharp tale of suspense” (Margaret Tablot, The New Yorker), Summerwater is a searing exploration of our capacity for kinship and cruelty, and a gorgeous evocation of the natural world that bears eternal witness.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, Summerwater is utterly of the moment, placing its anxious human dots against a vast, indifferent landscape; with its wit and verve and beautiful organization, it throws much contemporary writing into the shade!” (Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror & the Light)

©2021 Sarah Moss (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, Summerwater is utterly of the moment, placing its anxious human dots against a vast indifferent landscape; with its wit and verve and beautiful organization it throws much contemporary writing into the shade!" (Hilary Mantel)

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  • Susan
  • 2021-01-30

Beautifully written and beautifully read.

Tender, acerbic, funny, this is a book consisting of the internal monologues of a number of people, women and men, observing each other though never really interacting as they spend their vacations in cabins in a rain-drenched Scottish holiday camp. It is a story of modern middle-class England, and while politics and Brexit are never mentioned, they sit at the core this wonderful novel. This is the first Sarah Moss novel I have come across and I look forward to more.

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  • Bill Hill
  • 2021-12-27

Wonderful chemistry between author and narrator

Superbly atmospheric writing brought beautifully to life by the matching insightful and sensitive narration. I did not want it to end.