A resonant and provocative novel about motherhood from the prize-winning author of The Devil I Know and Tenderwire.
‘A radiant and fearless work of universal import.’
‘Compelling . . This is a scorching read. I could not put it down.’
Well, Sailor. Here we are once more, you and me in one another’s arms. The Earth rotates beneath us and all is well, for now. . .
In her first novel for over a decade, Claire Kilroy takes us deep into the early days of motherhood. Exploring the clash of fierce love for a new life with a seismic change in identity, she vividly realises the raw, tumultuous emotions of a new mother, as her marriage strains and she struggles with questions of love, autonomy and creativity.
As she smiles at her baby, Sailor, while mentally composing her own suicide note, an old friend makes a welcome return, but can he really offer a lifeline to the woman she used to be?
Readers adore Soldier Sailor:
***** ‘An entirely different voltage to anything I’ve read. . . she somehow manages to verbalise *exactly* the feelings and thoughts I, certainly, had at points when I was a young mother’
***** ‘This story touched me on such a visceral level.’
***** ‘I was held captive by this novel. . . an utterly absorbing depiction of motherhood’
***** ‘I loved this book. Any woman, with or without children, will see themselves mirrored in this narrative’
***** ‘An excellent, interesting and rather unforgettable creation.’