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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
A stunning, exquisite novel from an award-winning writer about a minister dispatched to a remote island off of Scotland to clear the last remaining inhabitant, who has no intention of leavingan unforgettable tale of resilience, change, and hope. John, an impoverished Scottish minister, has accepted a job evicting the lone remaining occupant of an island north of ScotlandIvar, who has been living alone for decades, with only the animals and the sea for company. Though his wife, Mary, has serious misgivings about the errand, he decides to go anyway, setting in motion a chain of events that neither he nor Mary could have predicted. Shortly after John reaches the island, he falls down a cliff and is found, unconscious and badly injured, by Ivar who takes him home and tends to his wounds. The two men do not speak a common language, but as John builds a dictionary of Ivars world, they learn to communicate and, as Ivar sees himself for the first time in decades reflected through the eyes of another person, they build a fragile, unusual connection. Unfolding in the 1840s in the final stages of the infamous Scottish Clearanceswhich saw whole communities of the rural poor driven off the land in a relentless program of forced evictionsthis singular, beautiful, deeply surprising novel explores the differences and connections between us, the way history shapes our deepest convictions, and how the human spirit can survive despite all odds. Moving and unpredictable, sensitive and spellbinding, Clear is a profound and pleasurable read.
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Twocougs
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I‘m still processing this stunning book but what I can say… it‘s stunning, heartbreaking in many ways.

Megabooks So good to hear! I'm on the list at the library. 7d
daena I just picked up a copy myself! 7d
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Mitch
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Good start to my new book! 🤩

julesG Great map! 4w
Crazeedi I adore maps in books 4w
Mitch @Crazeedi me too! 4w
AmyG Hope all is well, my friend. 😘 4w
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Tamra
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Achingly beautiful writing. Superb! 💙

Davies sets this novella in Scotland 1843 during the Great Disruption (church rebellion) and the Clearances (mass removal of poor rural tenants). John Ferguson is hired to remove Ivar, the sole tenant of an Orkney island and the only home he has ever known, to be replaced by sheep. Things happen…….I can‘t share more.

I thought I knew where the story was going, but at each turn I was surprised!

squirrelbrain Great review! Now, can I squeeze it in, in between all of the Women‘s Prize books? 🤔 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain 😅😅 It will be here waiting! Like all of Davies‘ work, it‘s short and you can read it in one sitting, but I wanted to savor it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Stacked already. Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 1mo
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Tamra
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All other reading is coming to a screeching halt today! 👏🏾

Davies became an auto buy author years ago after reading Redemption of Galen Pike. Every single story in it was 10 for me. Since then I‘ve read all her other writing and I sound like a fan girl. 😂

Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
TheKidUpstairs This one sounds so good. It releases here in April, I've got my pre-order in! 1mo
Tamra @TheKidUpstairs @Cathythoughts I couldn‘t wait and ordered it from Blackwells! 🤭 1mo
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AmyG I have been seeing this everywhere. Stacked! 1mo
batsy Nothing better than an author to fangirl over 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain I requested this on NG, and got it, but the Women‘s Prize lists have taken over! 1mo
jlhammar Can't wait to hear what you think! I loved West. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Love it when a beloved author has a new book! 1mo
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KristiAhlers
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This title comes out in April and I highly recommend this one. Very atmospheric and based on actual historic events of Scottish Clearances. Keep your eye out for this one.