An intriguing, understated and beautiful narrative, this is the story of a Buddhist monk, who has to travel to a remote fishing village on a task of love and duty, and a young woman who is also returning to the village of her birth.
From the author of the bestselling Lambs of God.
A novel of desire, duty and secrets, The Sea Bed follows the journey of a Buddhist monk who leaves the safe predictability of his mountain monastery and ventures into the world to carry out a fellow monk's dying request. When he encounters abalone diving women in a remote coastal village he is torn between dedication to his task and surrendering to desire. While the monk skirts around the edges of the sea women community, at its heart is Chicken, a young diver witnessing the extinction of a way of life that has been her family's for generations. If only her sister Lilli returned, perhaps somehow that would bring renewal. But the past and its secrets weigh heavily on Lilli and she had her own reasons for disappearing all those years ago. Each of these characters is locked in their own isolation, yet their stories are connected in deep and sometimes surprising ways.
A beautifully observed, lucid and evocative novel, The Sea Bed is an illuminating story of love, family and change. Utterly captivating.
Marele Day is the award-winning author of internationally acclaimed Lambs of God as well as Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife. She has travelled extensively, lived in Italy, France and Ireland, and survived near shipwreck in the Java Sea. Earlier works include the Claudia Valentine mystery series - The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender, The Case of the Chinese Boxes, The Last Tango of Delores Delgado and The Disappearances of Madelana Grimaldi. She is the editor of How to Write Crime and co-editor of Making Waves: 10 years of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Marele lives in northern New South Wales.
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