The Grace Keepers, by Kristy Logan. Crown (2015), Hardcover, 320 pages.
A speculative novel about two young lesbians traveling the ocean separately, looking for each other.
The sea has risen and people are divided. Landlockers, or clams, remain on the islands, while damplings live on boats cruising the ocean. Hostility between them can be intense, but some individuals manage to move from one category to the other. Callanish is a gracekeeper, living alone on an isolated island where she leads burial services for those killed at sea. Born to a landlocker mother, she keeps her webbed fingers and toes carefully out of sight. North belongs to a circus boat, keeping and performing with her bear. The ringmaster intends for her to marry his arrogant son, unaware she is already pregnant. The two meet briefly and are attracted to each other, but their paths diverge. Each has her own adventures before their final reunion.
Kristy Logan is a young Scottish author, publishing her first book. She is certainly an inventive writer, but I had trouble caring about her characters. The overall story had little intrinsic unity, and I was often unclear about how events were related.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Crown Books for sending me this novel to review.