'So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision' LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies
What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant?
What would you do to get it back?
Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.
But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.
Unsettled Ground is a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness.
'A gorgeously written celebration of the natural world as well as a moving portrait of a family struggling against time' LUCY TAN
So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision. Not since Flaubert's A Simple Heart have I encountered a narrative that shows, with such clear and patient fury, how breathtaking vulnerability can come from poverty, pride, and helpless family love
Bewitching, otherworldly, full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller
I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic
A story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know
Extraordinary, gripping. Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror
Thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense
A gorgeously written celebration of the natural world as well as a moving portrait of a family struggling against time. Through buried secrets and private longings, the Seeders emerge as multi-layered characters living at the fringes of society. This book is ultimately about redemption-about the unexpected importance of neighbors, lovers, and friends, and the ways in which we can re-envision our lives for the better, even after the unimaginable has occurred
Claire shares the classic novels that served as inspiration during her writing process, from authors including Jean Rhys to J.P. Hartley.
A family mystery centred around a disappearance. How well can anyone outside a marriage know what is really going on? Read on for an excerpt from award-winning Claire Fuller's second novel, Swimming Lessons