The Waves Burn Bright

By Iain Maloney

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The seismic impact of a industrial disaster is felt across one family's lifetime.

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In 1988 the Piper Alpha oil platform off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland exploded, killing 167 men. The Waves Burn Bright is a deeply effecting, sensitive exploration of its devastating aftermath on one family.

Carrie Fraser is sixteen when the disaster occurs, her father Marcus one of the survivors. As the narrative moves between past and present the trauma blows open existing fractures, tearing the family apart. In adulthood and after many years living abroad, Carrie, now a respected volcanologist, is returning to Aberdeen to deliver a controversial academic paper. Carrie and her father are estranged, partly due to his post-traumatic stress and related alcoholism, a legacy of Piper Alpha. Will a reconciliation be possible or will the aftershocks of a tragedy that occurred twenty-five years before continue to drive father and daughter apart?

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Format Paperback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 6 May 2016
ISBN 9781910449820
Number of Pages 272

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