I did enjoy this novel, far more than You.
That said, it’s a bit of a strange combination, with parts 1 and 2 following the development of Maud and Tim’s relationship from meeting through the university sailing club to the arrival of daughter Zoe and the impact she has on the wider family relationships, and parts 3 and 4 covering Maud’s solo sail across the Atlantic after the death of her daughter and breakdown of her marriage. I found the ending a bit odd, disconnected from the rest of the already disjointed narrative.
Some of the reviews make it sound like there’s some uncertainty about Maud’s earthliness. I found none – her supremely self contained character has been shaped by her unemotional parents and the distant relationships that result.
Publisher page: The Crossing – Andrew Miller
Author interview: Andrew Miller interviewed about The Crossing – Foyles (No date)
Review: The Crossing by Andrew Miller review – Kate Clanchy, The Guardian, 29 August 2015