Unsettled Ground

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$26.95  $25.06
Tin House Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Fuller is the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize; Swimming Lessons; Bitter Orange; and Unsettled Ground, which won the Costa Novel Award and was a finalist for the Women's Prize for Fiction. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband.


A gorgeously written and moving portrait of a family struggling against time.--Lucy Tan, author of What We Were Promised
Another sly psychological treat from Claire Fuller, who just keeps on getting better with each book.--Laline Paull, author of The Ice
Fuller's prose is darkly elegant, her eye for character astute and humane, and her sense of place vividly atmospheric--here is a writer of great skill, sensitivity, and subtlety.--Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane
Claire Fuller strikes the perfect balance between beauty and melancholy in this relevant and powerful exploration of isolation and life on the fringes of society.--Clare Mackintosh, author of After the End
Engrossing.-- "Entertainment Weekly"
Revelatory. . . . a powerful, beautiful novel.-- "The Times (UK)"
A book like Unsettled Ground is why we read. . . . Written with tenderness and beauty, Unsettled Ground is not to be missed.--Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, BuzzFeed Best Books of Spring as Recommended by Booksellers
An intriguing premise made more so by the paucity of novels featuring vulnerable older adults.-- "Financial Times"
Superb.-- "Daily Mail"
Fuller paints a devastatingly haunting picture of abject poverty, especially in her descriptions of the houses they dwell in, each of which becomes a character in its own right. This tale offers a remarkable peek into how the embrace of family can completely smother other aspects of life. Nevertheless, human ingenuity persists. . . . It's reassuring to think that reinvention is possible after all.-- "Booklist, Starred Review"
Evocative. . . . Fuller builds suspense over the twins' fate and ends with a brilliant twist.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Fuller is a master of building suspense. . . . At once unsettling and hopeful, her book checks all the boxes of an engrossing mystery.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Fuller explores the painful realities of poverty and social isolation with immense sensitivity in this multilayered and emotionally astute novel.-- "The Guardian"
If you're a reader who lives for contemplative storytelling and perfectly wrought characters, this author is for you.-- "BookPage"
Ambitious.-- "The TLS"
[Fuller's] absorbing novel unsettles us with its fine evocation of life's fragility while grounding us in the healing powers of love, loyalty and nature's bounty.-- "Independent (IRE)"
A quiet tale of loss and survival.-- "Good Housekeeping"
Transfixing.-- "Chicago Review of Books"