The Last Wave

A family drama that covers six decades that explores how one woman's drive to do the extraordinary has a lasting impact those she loves and cares for.

Gillian Best

A beautifully rendered family drama set in Dover, England, between the 1940s and the present day, The Last Wave follows the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel 10 times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children and her close friends. The one constant in Martha's life is the sea, from her first accidental baptism to her final crossing of the channel. The sea is an escape from her responsibilities as a wife and a mother; it consoles her when she is diagnosed with cancer; and it comforts her when her husband's mind begins to unravel.

An intergenerational saga spanning six decades, The Last Wave is a wholly authentic portrait of a family buffeted by illness, intolerance, anger, failure and regret. Gillian Best is a mature, accomplished, and compelling new voice in fiction. (From House of Anansi Press)