The critically acclaimed debut novel by Briohny Doyle and first book from The Lifted Brow.Order now.“I love this book. This is the hottest mess of a debut – a dystopian romp, as cinematic as a roller coaster ride, and deep with ideas and heart. It has everything – an amnesiac director of fully immersive disaster movies, an all-knowing coma specialist, a pair of perpetually plugged-in children who know even more, and one sinking island. Picture the technology section of the The Economist as directed by Jill Soloway. I have no higher praise.”—Steven Amsterdam, author of Things We Didn’t See Coming, What The Family Needed, and The Easy Way Out
“The structure is adventurous, dense and poetic … I thought of J.G. Ballard’s imaginatively coherent, hard-edged, full-fledged imaginings.”—Luke Davies, author of Candy and God of Speed, screenwriter of Life and Lion
“Intelligent, fast-paced, deeply considered and great fun, The Island Will Sink is a hell of a speculative ride through a future both familiar and strange. Doyle's hyperactive Anthropocene vision is nothing short of thrilling.”—Jennifer Mills, author of Gone, The Diamond Anchor, and The Rest is Weight
“A disconcerting sense of alienation flows through Doyle’s novel… This same detachment also raises probing questions about memory, legacy and the emotional imprints we leave on others – and what of us is left behind when these imprints disappear.”—Books+Publishing, May 2016
With this gripping postmodern novel in the vein of Michel Houellebecq and Phillip K. Dick, Briohny Doyle gives us a glimpse of a grave new world we all might soon face, and in so doing announces herself as a serious literary talent.
This is the first book published by the makers of acclaimed magazine The Lifted Brow, expanding their niche of discovering and developing new and vital voices.
A long-time contributor to The Lifted Brow, Briohny's unequivocal prose draws you into an anomalous postmodern world where virtual reality and environmental catastrophe collide.