Seamus Damp is an aging American-born writer who retreats to a remote island off the coast of Ireland to escape to a monastic life. But his troubled past is always near, and his estranged relationship with his son is fraught with heartbreak. When a young woman who carries her own heartache-filled past comes to the island on a solitary spiritual and hiking adventure, she and Seamus discover an unusual bond and together attempt to find a way to heal their hearts and erase their collective sorrows.
The Islander is part of The Shortish Project, celebrating short novels (novellas) at theshortishproject.com. Part of Outpost19 Books (Instgram: @shortishproject and Twitter/Instagram: @outpost19) The Islander was a finalist for the Hawthorne Prize, a Gold Medal winner at Literary Titan, and a Readers’ Choice Finalist.