THE STELLA PRIZE WINNER
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, AS SELECTED BY VOGUE
In this dazzling and empowering portrait of women's resilience through the centuries, the lives of three women weave together across centuries.
The Bass Rock, which rises from the sea, has always been a witness to the lives that pass beneath its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And the fates of three women are inextricably linked to this place and to one another over the centuries: Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing for her life; Ruth, in the aftermath of WWII, is navigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the local community; and Viv, still grieving her father's death, is cataloging Ruth's belongings in the nobility.
As each woman's story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that the men who seek to control her limit her choices in both big and small ways. But there is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life in sisterhood. The Bass Rock is a devastating indictment of violence against women and an empowering portrait of their resilience through the ages. It is intricately crafted and compulsively readable.... Read More