by Briohny Doyle
Margaret Atwood meets Don DeLillo in this intelligent, moving debut about memory,
generational legacy, and what will remain when all is sunk.
Max Galleon is the director of a new wave of immersive cinema: blockbuster films that give people the cathartic experience of living through disaster. He’s also father to two technology-addicted children, brother to a comatose mystery man, and is falling rapidly in love with a doctor who is not his wife.
An amnesiac, Max outsources his memory to an electronic archive. He relies on this same technology to storyboard his next film, about the sinking of Pitcairn Island, an encroaching catastrophe that may bring about the actual end of the world.
As Max prepares his film and races to uncover the events that led to his brother’s coma, he begins to question the reliability of his archived memories, and the extent to which in a hyper-connected, completely augmented world, one can ever really separate experience and reality.
Publisher: The Lifted Brow, August 2016
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services
The most assured and innovative debut I have read in a long time, one that has me excited about the political possibilities of postmodern fiction.”—The Australian
The Island Will Sink is a deep and demanding read.”—The Sydney Morning Herald
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
Meticulously and cleverly realized … Like Don DeLillo’s White Noise for the climate-change generation.”—Readings Monthly
Doyle’s debut is funny, engaging, fast and fascinating, but above all, it reads as a warning. I was thoroughly rattled by its end.”—Grapeshot