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The Water Cure

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
"A gripping, sinister fable!" (Margaret Atwood, via Twitter)

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

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.

Praise for The Water Cure:

"[A] chilling, beautifully written novel...the tautness and tension of the writing are staggering." (Judges Panel citation, the Man Booker Prize 2018)

"Sophie Mackintosh casts an exquisite, irresistible spell in her thrilling debut. Ablaze with beauty, desire, and dread, The Water Cure is a shattering look at patriarchal control and how far three sisters will go to free themselves from it". (Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks)

"Creepy and sexy in equal measure, The Water Cure is a hypnotic portrait of three young women waking up to the world, desire, and the power of their bodies." (The Independent)

"Startling...Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page." (The Irish Times)

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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Title: The Water Cure: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
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Title: The Water Cure: A Novel
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Title: The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
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Title: The Water Cure: A Novel
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