Darwin's Wink: A Novel of Nature and Love
Title: Darwin's Wink: A Novel of Nature and Love
Author: Alison Anderson
Working together to save a rare bird species on a Mauritius island, two naturalists, one mourning the mysterious death of her lover, the other struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of his Bosnian girlfriend, endure strange local threats and slowly learn to trust again when they unexpectedly fall in love.
Alison Anderson received much critial acclaim for her debut novel, Hidden Latitudes. With Darwin’s Wink, her long-awaited follow-up, she offers another exquisitely crafted story of rare emotional power.
Two naturalists find unexpected love as they work to save a rare bird species on an island off the coast of Mauritius. Both are haunted by old ghosts and hardened by past tragedies. Fran mourns the mysterious death of her Mauritian lover; Christian, a former International Red Cross worker, has recently arrived from Bosnia, where the woman he loved disappeared during the war. As the two of them slowly learn to trust again, they must also contend with strange threats to the island that put everything at risk.
Darwin’s Wink is a compelling story that expertly weaves emotional explorations of love, fertility, evolution, and survival — all against an exotic, lush island setting. This is a book for the readers of Andrea Barrett, Barbara Kingsolver, and other writers who marry story and nature so magically and accessibly.