Set on the cusp of World War One, and in the 1970s, EASTER ISLAND tells the passionate, heart-breaking and ultimately redemptive story of two remarkable women. Elsa, an Edwardian Englishwoman, is forced by circumstance to leave the man she loves and agree to a marriage of convenience.
The marriage enables her to fulfil her great dream: to visit Easter Island and to study its mysterious history.
But as Elsa becomes bewitched by the island and engrossed in her work, she fails to notice that her beloved sister Alice is becoming caught up in desires of her own, that will threaten not only their work, but also their lives. Sixty years later, Dr Greer Faraday, recently widowed, makes her own journey to the island.
Born into a different time and country, Greer nevertheless shares Else's passion for this strange and haunting place.
Troubled by unhappy secrets, Greer takes solace in her work, making an island of herself. But as the two women's stories begin to entwine and passions are played out, both Greer and Else must struggle against what society expects of them, and what fate has planned...
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 27/05/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349117959