Isla Morley

  • Le vallon des lucioles

    Isla Morley

    • Seuil
    • 4 Mars 2021

    1937, Kentucky. Clay Havens et Ulys Massey, deux jeunes photographe et journaliste, sont envoyés dans le cadre du New Deal réaliser un reportage sur un coin reculé des Appalaches.

    Dès leur arrivée, les habitants du village les mettent en garde sur une étrange famille qui vit au coeur de la forêt. Il n'en faut pas plus pour qu'ils partent à leur rencontre, dans l'espoir de trouver un sujet passionnant. Ce qu'ils découvrent va transformer à jamais la vie de Clay et stupéfier le pays entier. À travers l'objectif de son appareil, se dévoile une jeune femme splendide, Jubilee Buford, dont la peau teintée d'un bleu prononcé le fascine et le bouleverse.

    Leur histoire sera émaillée de passion, de violence, de discorde dans une société américaine en proie au racisme et aux préjugés.

    Inspiré par un fait réel, ce roman est une bouleversante histoire d'amour et un hymne à la différence.

  • Short listed for the best First Book Award of the Africa Region Commonwealth Writer's Prize, Isla Morley's debut novel plays into one of our largest fears: what happens when a child is killed. Abbe Deighton has lost her bearings. Once a child of South Africa and now settled in Hawaii married to a minister, she is chafing against the expectations of her life, her husband's congregation, her marriage and the constant demands of motherhood. But in an instant, beginning with the skid of tyres, Abbe's life is transformed when her three-year-old daughter is killed, triggering a seismic grief that cuts a swathe through the landscape of her life. Clawing its way through the strata of grief comes the memory of another tragedy, one that has been tucked away for twenty years. If Abbe is to find a way through blame and guilt and find redemption she must confront the last summer of her youth. It is a journey that will take her back to the continent of her childhood bringing her face-to-face with her past, to the old witchdoctor's hut where curses were cast, secrets kept and a crime concealed. Abbe will have to make the harshest of choices, choices which blur the lines of life and death, responsibility and forgiveness, murder and self-defence, in order to find her true homeland.

  • Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist, who is convinced that the world is about to end. Struggling to survive and crushed by loneliness, the terrifying madness of her captor, Blythe resists the temptation to give up.
    Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raise a child in confinement.
    Just when Blythe starts to believe that she may be confined to the silo for life, their lives are ambushed by one event that is at once promising and devastating...
    Riveting and unforgettable, this is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, reinvention, and hope.