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The Fogging

‘A skilfully drawn portrait of a decaying relationship … Like a brewing storm on an oppressive day, it builds towards the thunderclap of its final pages.’—Jennifer Down

‘Luke Horton’s writing is sustained, accomplished, and full of insight.’—Anna Krien

Tom and Clara are struggling academics in their mid-thirties, who decide to take their first holiday in ten years. On the flight to Indonesia, Tom experiences a debilitating panic attack which he keeps hidden from Clara. At the resort, they meet Madeleine, Jeremy, and their five-year-old son, Ollie. The two couples strike up an easy friendship. The holiday starts to look up, even to Tom. But when Clara and Madeleine become trapped in the maze-like grounds of the hotel during ‘the fogging’—a routine spraying of pesticide—the dynamics suddenly shift between Tom and Clara, and the atmosphere of the holiday darkens.

Told with equal parts compassion and irony, and brimming with observations that charm, illuminate, and devastate, The Fogging dives deep into what it means to be strong when your foundation is built on sand.

The Fogging by Luke Horton
Scribe, 2 July 2020

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