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InstaReview: An Island by Karen Jennings

"Difficult with his aged body, the oppressive tower, the long, long past dragging him downward, his mind a confusion of falsehoods and fear."

Samuel, a lighthouse caretaker, has lived alone on an island for over twenty years. Through political turmoil and dictatorships, Samuel is no stranger to bodies washing up on his shore. However, our story begins when one of those bodies is still alive. An Island takes us through a country's oscillating independence, Samuel’s troubling past, and present day interactions with a refugee stranded on the island. Jennings uses a captivating lyrical prose, while simultaneously creating a sense of panic as the reader witnesses Samuel’s paranoia and deteriorating mind. This novel has The Yellow Wallpaper vibes and we're here for it.


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