The Water Cure (Sophie Mackintosh)

The Water Cure

Author: Sophie Mackintosh
List: Open Option (Man Booker 2018 Longlist)
Project: dystopiasocial injustice: feminism
Year of publication: 2018
Pages: 250
Goodreads: The Water Cure





Dreamlike and compulsive, a blazing literary debut about love, violence and survival at any cost.

Once upon a time, damaged women came here to be cured. We took them in, fed them glasses of our clean, good water, let them scream at the waves till their lips split like ripe fruit. Now no one is left but my sisters and me. King died a year ago, quite suddenly. Mother has vanished, no one knows where. And the safe compound they built around us, far away from the toxic world, has finally been breached.

Three men arrived last week, washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent. We remember now what our father taught us. ‘If the men come to you, show yourself some mercy. Don’t stick around and wait for them to put you out of your misery.’


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