One of the best books to come out in 2020 - the very best in feminist fiction, destined to become a queer classic. A beguiling tale rooted in real history, set against the backdrop of tradition and superstition, loss and resilience, witch trials and unspeakable love! - Mairi
For readers of Circe and The Handmaid's Tale, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Mercies is a story about a love that could prove as dangerous as it is powerful. Winter, 1617. The sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardo is thrown into a reckless storm.
A young woman, Maren, watches as the men of the island, out fishing, perish in an instant. Vardo is now a place of women. Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives.
Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of the island to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In her new home, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women.
But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs . . .
Published 06/02/2020 (Picador) in United Kingdom
Hardback | 352 pages