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The Water Cure

(2018)
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"A gripping, sinister fable!"--Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE l The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men


King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.
But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?
A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty." - Eli Goldstone

"Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you." - Paula Hawkins

"Eerie, electric, beautiful. It rushes you through to the end on a tide of tension and closely held panic. I loved this book." - Daisy Johnson

"Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time." - Emma Jane Unsworth


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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Water Cure: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-385-54387-5 / 978-0-385-54387-3 (USA edition)
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-241-33474-8 / 978-0-241-33474-4 (UK edition)
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-241-98301-0 / 978-0-241-98301-0 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Water Cure
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-7352-3534-1 / 978-0-7352-3534-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-241-33734-8 / 978-0-241-33734-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water Cure
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Water Cure
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Water Cure
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Cure
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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January 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Cure: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU