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Once, Two Islands
Once, Two Islands

Once, Two Islands


288 Pages, 6 x 9 1/2

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $18.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9781905802166

Rights: US & CA

Myrmidon Books (Apr 2009)

Out of Stock. Cloth edition is available.


The Tempest is reworked into a compelling coming-of-age tale set on an isolated island in the southern Atlantic seas, where modern ideas and ancient beliefs are in stark opposition.

On an island in the southern Atlantic seas, a baby girl is born one dark winter’s day, while the spin-drift wind sings strange songs around the gullies and cliffs. But Gulai’s mother dies soon after giving birth and her father, Dr. Orion Prosper, the only medical doctor on the island, blames himself, refusing to talk to anyone. But Gulai never stops crying and her aunt is forced to seek advice from Sophia, the island’s other healer, in secret. Thus begins Gulia’s life on Ergo Island—betraying her father and becoming inextricably linked to the traditions he is working to eradicate. Gulai is curious about the "witch" the islanders publicly revile but privately visit, the "madness" which drove a young woman to her death, and the secrets which lie at the heart of all their lives.


"The writing is both earthy and refined; simple, yet beautiful . . . it only took a few pages before I was sucked into Garisch's magical island world." —Cape Times

"Garisch is a fine poet whose ability exceeds the recognition she has achieved so far. It shows in this novel, a reworking of The Tempest. Here Caliban is more likeable than Prospero, and the real magic lies in female wisdom." —The Sunday Independent Readers' Picks 2007 (South Africa)

"A rollicking good read, full of excitement, drama, and imagination . . . also filled with beautiful imagery and fine musical language." —Mmegi (Botswana)

Author Biography

Dawn Garisch is the author of three youth novels, including Babyshoes.