W&N Literary Fiction Hb / ETPb August £14.99 / £13.99 320pp 978 1 474 60058 3 / 978 1 474 60059 0 ebook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60061 3 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16097 7 / 10 hrs
When there’s no one left to listen, who do you become?
LILY bROOkS-DALTON Good Morning, Midnight
Gravity meets The Snow Child in this haunting novel from an electrifying new voice.
Augustine, a brilliant, ageing scientist, is fascinated by the stars. For years he has scanned the universe, trying to quantify infinity. When news of a catastrophic event arrives at the remote research centre in the Arctic Circle where he works and the researchers are evacuated, he insists on staying behind. but shortly after the last airlift departs, Augustine discovers a mysterious child – Iris. As time wears on, Augustine is unable to establish contact with the outside world. They are alone.
Time means very little in deep space. Mission Specialist Sullivan, a divorced astronaut and mother, is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. They are the first human beings to delve this deep into space and it has changed the crew. At last Sully feels at peace with the sacrifices she has made – the daughter she left behind, the marriage she couldn’t save. but suddenly, inexplicably, the Aether loses all contact with Mission Control.
Faced with the cold, barren sweep of the Arctic and the vast silence of space, how will they live? What will they be living for?
lily Brooks-Dalton was born and raised in southern vermont. She moved to Ireland when she was seventeen then worked her way around the world for three and a half years. She is also the author of the memoir Motorcycles I’ve Loved.
W&N Fiction • August 2016
Location: Portland, USA Available for interview lilybrooksdalton.com f/lilybrooksdalton