Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a
young woman learns how to rebuild her life in this stunningly poignant debut novel.
**For sale only in the UK and its territories.**
Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway … what is supposed to happen next?
She had thought she’d want to be on her own. Wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again.
A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.
(huge thanks to @LozWesty for organising!)
— Melville House (@melvillehouse) March 29, 2019
’Raw, visceral and confident… this is an affecting debut.’ —Daily Mail
‘A wonderful debut novel about how we find our feet again after a bereavement.’ —The Guardian
‘Follows twenty-something Holly, who is trying to cope after the death of her
boyfriend. Warning: you’ll need the tissues handy for this one.’ —Marie Claire
‘Artful, witty and poetic… only a cynical heart would fail to be moved.’ —The Irish
‘A beautiful reflection on love, grief and friendship. Witty and profound.’ —Fiona
Mozley, author of Man Booker shortlisted Elmet
‘Full of light, kindness and acute feeling – a truly unique and profound novel. It stays
with you.’ —Sophie Mackintosh, author of Man Booker longlisted The Water Cure
’A beautiful, honest and engaging study of how we are healed through the grace of
others.’ —John Burnside, author of A Summer of Drowning