Sara Taylor is herself a socially anxious product of rural Virginia and the homeschooling movement. She traded her health for a BFA from Randolph College, and her sanity for an MA in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia. Following the MA her supervisor refused to let her leave, so she remains at the UEA to chip away at a double-focus PhD in censorship and fiction. She spends an unprecedented amount of time on delayed trains between Norwich and her husband’s house in Reading. The Shore, her debut novel, has been highly acclaimed and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 and for the Guardian First Book Award 2015. Sara’s second novel, The Lauras, was published in 2016.
Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut by a young writer of astonishing gifts.