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Private Rites - Julia Armfield | SIGNED INDIES EXCLUSIVE EDITION

Private Rites - Julia Armfield | SIGNED INDIES EXCLUSIVE EDITION

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From the bestselling author of Our Wives Under the Sea, a haunting novel of three sisters navigating queer love and faith at the end of the world.

There’s no way to bury a body in earth which is flooded It is a fact consigned to history along with almost everything else It’s been raining for a long time now, for so long that the lands have reshaped themselves. Old places have been lost. Arcane rituals and religions have crept back into practice. Sisters Isla, Irene and Agnes have not spoken in some time when their estranged father dies. A famous architect revered for making the new world navigable, he had long cut himself off from public life. They find themselves uncertain of how to grieve his passing when everything around them seems to be ending anyway.

As the sisters come together to clear the grand glass house that is the pinnacle of his legacy, they begin to sense that the magnetic influence of their father lives on through it. Something sinister seems to be unfolding, something related to their mother’s long-ago disappearance and the strangers who have always been unusually interested in their lives. Soon, it becomes clear that the sisters have been chosen for a very particular purpose, one with shattering implications for their family and their imperilled world.

Ellen says: “Private Rites is utterly immersive; I kept looking up from my book expecting to see pouring rain and a bleak seascape.
Julia Armfield pulls the reader into a slow slide towards something dreadful. I loved the complexity of her queer characters, the way she writes their flaws, and the intricate dynamics between the three sisters.
An absolute must-read for anyone who enjoys literary or speculative fiction.”

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