Discover a Land of the Lost in Sarah Tolmie’s Upcoming Novella The Fourth Island

When a body washes up on the shores of a village in the Aran Islands, it brings mystery with it…

We’re excited to announce The Fourth Island, a new novella from Sarah Tolmie—arriving in Fall 2020 from Publishing!

When a body washes up on the shores of a village in the Aran Islands, it brings mystery with it. No one recognizes the drowned man, nor can any nearby village identify his body. As the mystery sinks into the soil, it begins to change the island.

Huddled in the sea is a fourth Aran Island, a lost island peopled by the lost, reachable only in moments of despair. Its people live cut off from the world, but they live well. But their way of living is incompatible with the world left behind, and if its melancholy should permeate, it could poison a whole community.

Sarah Tolmie is the author of the poetry collection The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), the 120-sonnet sequence Trio (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and the chapbook Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems (Baseline Press, 2014). She has published two novels with Aqueduct Press, The Little Animals (2019) and The Stone Boatmen (2014), as well as two short fiction collections, Two Travelers (2016) and NoFood (2014). She is a medievalist trained at the University of Toronto and Cambridge and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo.


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