Cath Barton's melancholic novella Between The Virgin and the Sea is set in an unnamed city which has fallen off the map of the world, and is accessible now only by sea.
Violence has broken out in the city and the people, fearing that the church is involved, pray instead at roadside shrines.
The story tells the events of a day at the end of which the white statue of the Virgin which stands on a hill overlooking the city may ― or may not ― come to life to restore peace to its people. Central to the story is a boy called Tag, the things of which he dreams and the maps he draws.
Set in a surreal and changing city, in which pizza delivery is carried out by donkey, and nothing may be what it seems, Between the Virgin and the Sea explores themes of childhood and coming of age.
A captivating blend of magical realism, tender comedy, and literary experimentation, Between the Virgin and the Sea is a spellbinding portrait of urban life quite unlike any other.