Andrew Miller's The Crossing is a fascinating modern tale of a brave and uncompromising woman's attempt to seize control of her life and fate.
Who else has entered Tim's life the way Maud did? This girl who fell past him, lay seemingly dead on the ground, then stood and walked. That was where it all began. He wants her - wants to rescue her, to reach her. Yet there is nothing to suggest Maud has any need of him, that she is not already complete. A woman with a talent for survival, who works long hours and loves to sail - preferably on her own.
When Maud finds her unfulfilling marriage tested to the breaking point by unspeakable tragedy, she attempts an escape from her husband and the hypocrisies of society. In her quest she will encounter the impossible and push her mind and body to their limit.
A wise and thrilling portrait of an irreducible heroine who asks no permission and begs no pardon, the book will resonate with sophisticated female readers, of whom there are many. Those who read and adored the Ferrante stories will find in The Crossing a truth that's absent from most contemporary literature.
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"Starred Review. In pristine, elegant prose, Miller creates an indelible portrait of a mysterious woman and her tragic quest." - Kirkus
"There's a beauty in the precision of Miller's writing ... With every turn of the page, the reader becomes more and more intrigued by Maud herself." - The Independent (UK)
"Miller's writing is assured, often poetic." - The Financial Times (UK)
"Rich and delicate ... Maud, and questions about Maud, will linger in your mind long after you close this remarkable novel." - The Guardian (UK)
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Andrew Miller is one of Britain's premier authors. His novel Pure won both Costa's Novel of the Year and Book of the Year award, and was selected by The Guardian as one of the ten greatest historical novels, alongside such masterpieces as War and Peace and Wolf Hall. His novel Oxygen was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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