May, 2023

The StrandingKate Sawyer

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Ruth lives in the heart of the city. Working, drinking, falling in love: the rhythm of her vivid and complicated life is set against a background hum of darkening news reports, from which she deliberately turns away. When a new romance becomes claustrophobic, Ruth chooses to leave behind not only the failing relationship, but also her beloved friends and family. She travels to the other side of the world in pursuit of her dream life working with whales in New Zealand. But when Ruth arrives, the news cycle she has been ignoring for so long is now the new reality. Far from home and with no real hope of survival, she finds herself climbing into the mouth of a beached whale alongside a stranger. When she emerges, it is into a landscape that bears no relation to the world they knew before.