A woman named Naomi arrives at her sister's house, intending, it seems, to say goodbye.
She is abandoning her city life for a remote Scottish retreat, which she will share with a man called Bernat, whom she considers some kind of visionary. In a sequence of stories filtered through multiple re-tellings, she illuminates the character of this elusive individual.
One story seems of special significance: about Afonso, an Amazon boatman, who could be the last speaker of his mother tongue, a language of apparently unique simplicity and precision.
Bernat and Naomi are not, however, the only storytellers here.
Naomi's sister, Kate, is herself working on a novel that begins as a ghost story, but ends up as something rather different: The river is the river.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sort of Books
- Publication Date: 07/07/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781908745545