Ten White Geese: A Novel

By Gerbrand Bakker

Have you ever desired to disappear and make a brand new existence for your self the place not anyone is aware your name?

Ten White Geese is the eagerly expected, the world over bestselling new novel by way of the winner of the world’s richest literary prize for a unmarried paintings of fiction. fanatics of according to Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses or Paul Harding’s Tinkers may locate in Ten White Geese a brand new novel to fall in love with.

A lady rents a distant farm in rural Wales. She says her identify is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson pupil, she has fled Amsterdam, having simply confessed to an affair. at the farm she reveals ten ducks. one after the other they disappear. who's this lady? Will her husband have the capacity to locate her? The younger guy who remains the evening: why won’t he go away? And the vanishing geese?

Set opposed to a stark and pristine panorama, and with a seductive combination of solace and threat, this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman’s silent longing fugitive moments of profound attractiveness and compassion.

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Subsequent to the lamp she positioned an ashtray and subsequent to the ashtray she laid the accumulated Poems of Emily Dickinson. sooner than sitting down on the desk she often slid the window up a bit. whilst she smoked, she blew the smoke on the crack. during this room the leaves of the creeper pissed off her, so at some point she took the rickety wood stepladder from the pigsty and hacked the tendrils in entrance of the window away with a knife. That gave her an unimpeded view of the oaks, the fields and – very sometimes – the ocean, and left her unfastened to contemplate what the note ‘study’ nonetheless intended to her, if something. in the back of her was once a divan she’d made her personal by means of overlaying it with a moss-green fabric. She had stacked a couple of books on a small desk subsequent to it, yet didn’t learn a note. She’d positioned the portrait of Dickinson within the special center of the mantelpiece, in a Blokker photograph body. It was once the debatable portrait, a duplicate of the daguerreotype that were indexed on the market on eBay. occasionally the sunshine brown cows stood on the stone wall that separated the fields from her backyard; they looked as if it would be aware of precisely which window she used to be staring at them from. My backyard. i'll do whatever with that, she idea, smoking one cigarette after one other. She puzzled which farmer the cows belonged to, the place his farmhouse was once. those hills brimming with streams and brooks and copses have been a lot too complex and complicated for her. every now and then she laid a hand at the Dickinson, working her hands over the roses at the conceal. She acquired a couple of secateurs and a pruning observed at a store in Caernarfon. 6 She took the home because it used to be. there have been a couple of items of furnishings, a refrigerator and a freezer. She acquired a few rugs (all the rooms had an analogous naked, vast floorboards) and cushions. Kitchen utensils, saucepans, plates, a kettle. Candles. general lamps. She saved the wood-burning range within the front room going all day. The kitchen was once heated by means of a commonly British cooker that burnt oil from a tank squeezed among the facet wall and the circulation and hidden from view through a clump of bamboo. the big contraption doubled as a water heater. The day she moved in she chanced on handwritten directions at the kitchen desk with a flat stone as a paperweight. Whoever wrote them signed off through wishing her reliable good fortune! She puzzled very in short who it can be, yet quickly pushed aside it as beside the point. She the directions at the piece of paper precisely, step-by-step, and wasn’t quite shocked while it fired up. That evening she was once in a position to fill the massive tub with steaming-hot water. It was once simply these ducks; they have been abnormal. Had she rented the ducks too? And one morning a wide flock of black sheep unexpectedly seemed within the box beside the line, each one with a white blaze and an extended white-tipped tail. On her land. Who did they belong to? 7 She chanced on that the trail that resulted in the stone circle – and went on past it, notwithstanding she’d by no means been farther – joined her force the place it bent sharply. A kissing gate in a thicket of squat oaks used to be thoroughly overgrown with ivy.

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