An enthralling tale of time travel, Sea of Tranquility investigates the idea of parallel worlds as Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City of centuries hence, is hired to investigate an anomaly in time.
In 1912, a young Edwin St. Andrew is exiled from his family and English polite society. Crossing the Atlantic, he eventually makes his way to British Columbia, where, on a coastal trip north out of Vancouver, he enters a forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness. For a few moments, darkness enshrouds him and the sound of a violin rents the solitude of silence. Deeply shaken by the inexplicable, he returns to the village. Years later, St Andrew is to be consumed by madness.
Two hundred years later, best-selling author Olive Llewelyn writes of a man playing his violin in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. As she visits Earth to promote her book, the interplanetary writer finds herself stranded as a pandemic ravages the globe.
As Gaspery-Jacques Roberts commences his investigation, he discovers the decrepit neighbourhood house of his childhood was once the home of Llewelyn and her family centuries previously.
A repitition that seemingly holds the core to understanding, the sound of the violin is a motif heard throughout Sea of Tranquility
Any attempt at providing more of an outline summary would fail to do this beguiling novel full justice. A fluency of characterisation, of interconnectedness over the centuries results in a tale of enormous scope and ambition. Part detective, part science-fiction, it’s a poignant time-travel tale of nostalgia and potential, a complexity of the epic and the straightforward all beautifully and accessibly written.
Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize.