Still Point is a brilliant, complex and confident first novel by young English writer Amy Sackville. A young couple move through their day, described in a perfect third person narrative style that misses no detail: Julia, as yet unaware of the depression into which she is slowly slipping, Simon, concerned about an affair he may or may not be approaching. Julia is a distant relative of fictional Arctic explorer Edward Mackley, and is archiving his effects in her attic. While she sweats out her flat modern life in the heat of a bad English summer, she dreams of his cold Victorian heroism and reconstructs his tragic final voyage. Sackville is a truly marvelous writer of fiction, able to balance two narratives a century apart without losing focus. The first novel I’ve read in 2011, and it’s a doozy.
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