Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Lightning Books
Launch date: 6 July 2017
“A beautiful, moving story” – Emma Jane Kirby
Fleeing war and the death of her family, Eve has carefully constructed a new life for herself in London.
Yet she is troubled by vivid, disturbing dreams, symptoms of her traumatic past, which intrude increasingly on her daily life. As she is drawn further into her dream world, she finds herself caught up in a fresh battle for survival.
A dark, lyrical fantasy about healing and reconnecting with the full richness of the self.
“A beautiful, moving story that skilfully stitches together the fragmented pieces of a brutalised and shattered soul so that it just might fly again”
Emma Jane Kirby
“Beautiful and heartrending… Zoë Duncan finds a new language to express the inexpressible”
Eric Karl Anderson, the Lonesome Reader
“With alternating chapters set in London, Enanti and poignant excerpts relating to dreams, this novel has a lyrical quality that movingly deals with loss and memory."
“The writing has a clear-sightedness that reflects her recovery from, rather than an immersion in, childhood trauma… The book has a particular accord with present times: Eve is a refugee and her sense of dislocation is vividly conveyed. [But] the darkness she describes is more than the refugee experience. It reflects the fundamental isolation we all feel and, too often, deny. It is this that gives the book a deep emotional resonance for readers.”
“Zoë Duncan’s beautiful debut novel effortlessly moves between the internal and external reality of a deeply traumatised individual. Using an utterly unique style she conveys how we bury unspeakable fears and keep feelings of panic at bay. It’s as if she finds a new language to express the inexpressible. This heartrending story will transport you to an imaginative new landscape that expresses the true nature of our everyday reality.”
“The Shifting Pools is a fantastic reading experience, full of care, love and, ultimately, hope. Reading it is something of an honour.”
“A seriously stunning debut that took me as a reader on a haunting and spiritual journey. It really delves into the blurred lines between reality and fantasy and how we all put up barriers to hide our true selves. I devoured [it] in one sitting as I just couldn’t tear myself away from Eve and her journey. A truly memorable reading experience and one I won’t forget for a long while. Highly recommended.”