Rest and Be Thankful
by Emma Glass
Pub Date 1 Dec 2020
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A luminous and disquieting story of haunting and hauntedness, by one of contemporary fiction’s most visionary new voices
Laura is a nurse in a paediatric unit. On long, quiet shifts, she and her colleagues, clad in their different shades of blue, care for sick babies, handling their exquisitely frangible bodies, carefully calibrating the mysterious machines that keep them alive.
Laura may be burned out. Her hands have been raw from washing as long as she can remember. When she sleeps, she dreams of water; when she wakes, she finds herself lying next to a man who doesn't love her any more. And there is a strange figure dancing in the corner of her vision, always just beyond her reach.
Dark yet luminous, sensual yet chilling, ringing with strange music and laced with dread, Rest and Be Thankful is an unforgettable novel that confirms Emma Glass as a visionary new voice.
PRAISE FOR PEACH:
'The language is scintillating, the emotional heft remarkable' Observer, The best fiction for 2018
'Unsettling, idiosyncratic and discomforting, as well as being moving and utterly absorbing … A bold, memorable novel – gripping, strange and utterly singular' Spectator
'Peach is shocking, revealing and deals with a subject most authors would shy away from. It is uncomfortable, worthy and brave …Glass deserves recognition for her bravery regarding both the topic and style' Independent
'An immensely talented young writer ... Her fearlessness renews one's faith in the power of literature' George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
'A dark poetic read that is a visceral in its telling. It’s an extraordinary debut that we urge you to seek out' Stylist