By Denyse Woods
Gabriel Sherlock arrives in Oman in 1982, fleeing shame and disaster back home in Ireland, and begin…Read more
Denyse Woods is an Irish novelist based in Cork, author of Of Sea and Sand, published by Hoopoe (2018). Set in Oman, it is her sixth novel.
Born in Boston, Woods was raised all over the place. Reflecting a long-held interest in the Arab world, three of her books are based in the Middle East.
Here the brief story line of her novel:
Gabriel Sherlock arrives in Oman in 1982, fleeing shame and disaster back home in Ireland, and begins an intense affair with a woman whom no one else has seen. Locals insist she must be one of the jinn—a supernatural being—but Gabriel refuses to buy into the folklore, despite her sudden, unexplained disappearance.
Twenty-six years later, Irishwoman Thea Kerrigan lands in Muscat, chasing her own ghosts from the past, and is approached by Gabriel, who believes she is his lost lover. Certain that they have never met before, Thea is nonetheless drawn to this deluded, and perhaps dangerous, stranger and the rumors that surround him.
“Of Sea and Sand is a triumph, a compelling page-turner, warm and witty, and brilliantly written, informed by a deep love of the desert landscape and suffused with the spirit of the Arab world’s playful but dangerous shape-shifters, the jinn.”—Alannah Hopkin, writer and journalist
So listen in as Woods reads an extract from Of Sea and Sand.