We were fortunate to host Sally Magnusson at Mainstreet to launch her very moving memoir, Where Memories Go, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome her back to talk about her first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift.
Set in Iceland and Algiers in the 17th century, The Sealwoman’s Gift reimagines the true story of a pirate raid on one of the tiny Westman islands, in which a pastor, his wife and their children – along with half their island and many others – were abducted into slavery. Captive in an alien Arab culture, the pastor’s wife meets the unravelling of her identity and terrible personal loss, with the one thing she has brought from home, the stories in her head.
Until one day she is faced with an impossible choice…
‘A remarkable feat of imagination from the first, it leaps from the page. Its richly vivid sense of time and place recall Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. It’s enormous fun to read – I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure’ SARAH PERRY, author of The Essex Serpent