New fiction: Katherine Carlyle

Eithne Farry reads a book focusing o nthe themes of self, identity and family from acclaimed author Rupert Thomson


New fiction: Katherine Carlyle

Katherine Carlyle was created using IVF and stored as a frozen embryo for eight years before being implanted in her mother.

Grieving the death of her mother, estranged from her distant father and unsure whether her emotions have ever thawed out, she sets out on a fortuitous journey from the warmth of Italy to the coldest place she can find, her mind veering between the allure of vanishing and the need to make her father truly see her.

Thomson’s story, glittering with startling imagery, is a profound look at love, loss and the need to belong.

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson is published by Corsair, £14.99