What happens when magic collides with reality?
Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous; and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes not only his own life, but that of his family and community. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow where there has been violence?
Based on the local legend of the selkies, seals who can transform into humans, Sealskin is a magical story evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape and the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With echoes of Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child and Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders, the starting point may be mythical, but the joys and the sufferings are all too human.
Sealskin will be available from Orenda Books as an e-book before Christmas 2016 and in paperback in February 2017.