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Our Wives Under the Sea

(2022)
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Named as book to look out for in 2022 by Guardian, i-D, Autostraddle, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, Stylistand DAZED.

Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah may have come back wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home.

To have the woman she loves back should mean a return to normal life, but Miri can feel Leah slipping from her grasp. Memories of what they had before – the jokes they shared, the films they watched, all the small things that made Leah hers – only remind Miri of what she stands to lose. Living in the same space but suddenly separate, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had might be gone.

Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of salt slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep, deep sea.



Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Without a doubt, Our Wives Under the Sea is one of the best books I've ever read. It's not only art, it's a perfect miracle. We are lucky for it." - Kristen Arnett

"I was entirely captivated by this book. A gorgeous debut." - Jami Attenberg

"Tender, strange, lucid, and so assured. If you love sci-fi or love stories or books that defy labels or chew-your-arm-off good writing, this is for you." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Spooky and romantic: a gorgeous novel that gets under your skin. Armfield leads you softly through a story that feels epic and intimate at the same time." - Sarvat Hasin

"Delicate and horrifying, Our Wives Under The Sea is a darkly brilliant novel that submerges the reader's imagination in the depths of the unknown." - Megan Hunter

"Beautiful, otherworldly, like floating through water with your eyes open." - Daisy Johnson

"Reading this book is like diving into the deepest depths of the ocean and finding beautiful and disturbing wonders." - Kirsty Logan

"A strange, unnerving novel that wrongfoots you at every turn and invites you to think again about loss, absence, and transformation. A lyrically written elegy." - Neel Mukherjee

"A wonderful novel, deeply romantic and fabulously strange. I loved this book." - Sarah Waters


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July 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Armfield
ISBN: 1-250-22989-8 / 978-1-250-22989-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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Title: Our Wives Under The Sea
Author(s): Julia Armfield
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Publisher: Picador
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June 2023 : USA Paperback
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Title: Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Armfield
ISBN: 1-250-22990-1 / 978-1-250-22990-8 (USA edition)
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March 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Our Wives Under The Sea
Author(s): Julia Armfield
ISBN: 1-5290-1722-X / 978-1-5290-1722-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2022 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Our Wives Under the Sea
Author(s): Julia Armfield
Publisher: Picador
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July 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Armfield
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


March 2022 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Our Wives Under The Sea
Author(s): Julia Armfield
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2022 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Our Wives Under The Sea
Author(s): Julia Armfield
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK