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Isle

by Claire Robertson

The year is 1289 and an injured young man washes up on an island of women. He is taken in by a sculptor who sees in him the perfect model for her Christ. But the Church will come to reject this sisterhood of unmarried women, and they are bound to lose their small freedoms.

Centuries later, a lieutenant is sent to an island to dispose of unexploded ordnance. As a World War II flight nurse trained to evacuate wounded soldiers, she too has gazed upon, and been haunted by, the bodies of broken young men. For her, a fraught love affair with a local man will ignite.

Binding the lives – so different and so similar – of women separated by time and place, Isle is an all-encompassing, masterful rumination on privacy, inhibition and female desire.

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