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The Islands

(2017)
A collection of stories by

 
 
WINNER OF THE 2017 DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE

Selected by David Gates

William Wall is the first international winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

"Suddenly I see weeks that are like years stretch out before me. Islands are, more than anything else, places of deprivation."

Jeannie, one of the sisters featured in The Islands, comes to this realization at the age of six or seven, as her father leaves their island home yet again to work on his latest book.

In this collection of interconnected stories, the beautiful and ravaging forces of sea and land collide with the forces of human nature, through isolation and family, love and loss, madness and revelation. The stories follow the lives of two sisters and the people who come and go in their lives, much like the tides. Dominated by the tragic loss of a third sister at a young age, their family spirals out of control. We witness three stages of the sisters' lives, each taking place on an island - in southwest Ireland, southern England, and the Bay of Naples. Beautifully and sparsely written, the stories deeply evoke landscape and character, and are suffused with a keen eye for detail and metaphor.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Islands: Six Fictions (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)
Author(s): William Wall
ISBN: 0-8229-4519-3 / 978-0-8229-4519-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Islands: Six Fictions (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)
Author(s): William Wall
ISBN: 0-8229-6626-3 / 978-0-8229-6626-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Kindle Editions

December 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Islands: Six Fictions (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)
Author(s): William Wall
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA