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A timeless love story and a magical, intoxicating debut for readers of The Miniaturist and The Time Traveler's Wife.

From a remote research base in Antarctica to witch burnings in Bayeux, The Comet Seekers is a romantic, mesmerizing love story about two strangers who find themselves connected by the passing of the great comets overhead and haunted by the ancestors who bind them together.

Roisin and François are strangers—or so they think—when they meet on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica as Comet Giacobini fractures overhead. Both are compelled to explore the world but to do so both have left family behind. As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.

As the story moves back through the centuries to reveal the lives of their ancestors—from an accused witch to a young woman desperately embroidering Halley’s Comet onto the Bayeux Tapestry—it shows how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the way we choose to see the world can be as tragic or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

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Critical Praise

“[An] exquisitely layered, thrilling novel, which leaps across centuries and continents to delve into the role of destiny and the elusiveness of perception and memory.” —New York Times Book Review

“Helen Sedgwick has written a first novel of remarkable grace, beauty and insight, in which a careful love of language meets an immense storytelling talent. I was moved and inspired by this book.” —Joseph O'Connor, author of The Star of the Sea

“Haunting and beautiful, The Comet Seekers follows a constellation of lives from modern Antarctica to medieval England, all of them connected by an extraordinary mystery hidden deep in the past. A captivating story, deftly told, about those who are driven to explore, and those who must stay behind.” —Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

“Sedgwick is a highly evocative writer.” —Irish Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443449557
  • ISBN 10: 1443449555
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 10/11/2016
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Literary

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