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The Water Cure
by Sophie Mackintosh




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"A gripping, sinister fable " --Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
NPR - GLAMOUR - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - LIT HUB - THRILLIST

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. Here on his island, 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 King disappears and two men and a boy wash ashore, the sisters' safe world begins to unravel. 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 are forced to confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent.

A haunting, riveting debut, The Water Cure is a fiercely poetic feminist revenge fantasy that's a startling reflection of our time.

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Overview

"A gripping, sinister fable " --Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
NPR - GLAMOUR - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - LIT HUB - THRILLIST

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. Here on his island, 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 King disappears and two men and a boy wash ashore, the sisters' safe world begins to unravel. 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 are forced to confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent.

A haunting, riveting debut, The Water Cure is a fiercely poetic feminist revenge fantasy that's a startling reflection of our time.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780525562832
  • ISBN-10: 0525562834
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: December 2019
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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In this dystopian tale, Lia, Grace and Sky live apart from society on an island with their parents. They receive no outsiders except for women in need of a ritual that protects them against the world’s poisons. 

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