Our Wives Under The Sea (Hardback)
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Our Wives Under The Sea (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 03/03/2022

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Imbued with the same beautifully evoked strangeness and yearning as her short story collection Salt Slow, Armfield's debut novel finds the relationship between two women transformed by a deep dive onto a mysterious underwater vessel.

Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah may have come back wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home.

To have the woman she loves back should mean a return to normal life, but Miri can feel Leah slipping from her grasp. Memories of what they had before - the jokes they shared, the films they watched, all the small things that made Leah hers - only remind Miri of what she stands to lose. Living in the same space but suddenly separate, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had might be gone.

Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of salt slow. It's a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep, deep sea.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529017236
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Julia Armfield is one of my favourite writers, Our Wives Under The Sea moves fluidly between horror story and love story, the gorgeous and the grotesque. A contemporary gothic fairy tale, sublime in its creepiness. - Florence Welch

Julia Armfield’s weird and wonderful debut feels fresh (or rather, salty) . . . You hear a lot of people lamenting the death of innovation in contemporary fiction . . . and Armfield is a brilliant counterpoint. - Susie Goldsbrough and Robbie Millen, The Times 100 Best Books for Summer

Frightening, otherworldly, but above all gripping. - Sunday Times

Sharp, atmospheric, dryly funny, sad, distinctive . . . There is an almost spiritual endlessness to its quest. Like all good novels, it goes deep and then deeper again. - Irish Times

Our Wives Under The Sea is a hypnotic and affecting love story - an exploration of intimacy and its opposites, as well as of incomprehension, absence and unfathomable uncertainty. - Literary Review

As in her stories, Armfield is extremely good at anatomising the women’s relationship: the self-defensive blindnesses, the resentments and rituals and angers, grief for vanished joys – all the small moments of which lasting love consists. There are clever lines, everywhere, and wry, funny ones. - Guardian

Part bruisingly tender love story, part nerve-clanging submarine thriller. Creative innovation is there if you’re looking for it — and to anyone lamenting its loss: order a copy . . . There is such tenderness in the precision of these observations of long-term love and such eerie estrangement when the uncanny intrudes. Eventually, the two moods fuse at the novel’s heart-slicing, cinematic climax. I’ll be thinking about it for ages — and checking the bathtub for grit. - The Times

If you're in the mood to cry, then Julia Armfield wrote the perfect book for ya . . . Armfield breaks your heart over and over (but in a good way, promise). - Cosmopolitan

Julia Armfield’s haunting debut novel deftly weaves a love story into creeping horror. . .Our Wives Under The Sea is a quiet triumph, but beware – this unsettling, saltwater-soaked story seeps deeper than you think. - The i

A strange, unnerving novel that wrongfoots you at every turn and invites you to think again about loss, absence, and transformation, Our Wives Under The Sea also returns wholly original answers to that great question, 'Where did we come from, where are we going?' It is a beautiful, lyrically written elegy. - Neel Mukherjee

A wonderful novel, deeply romantic and fabulously strange. I loved this book. - Sarah Waters

Beautiful, otherworldly, like floating through water with your eyes open. - Daisy Johnson

Delicate and horrifying, Our Wives Under The Sea is a darkly brilliant novel that submerges the reader's imagination in the depths of the unknown. - Megan Hunter

Reading this book is like diving into the deepest depths of the ocean and finding beautiful and disturbing wonders. - Kirsty Logan

Our Wives is spooky and romantic: a gorgeous, lyrical novel that gets under your skin. Armfield leads you softly through a story that feels epic and intimate at the same time. - Sarvat Hasin

Tender, strange, lucid, and so assured – comparisons feel insubstantial, but if you love sci fi or love stories or books that defy labels or chew-your-arm-off good writing, this is for you. - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A mesmerizing triumph. Julia Armfield has created a surprisingly seamless novel: it is a love story, a grief story, a question without end. It's a tale of the sea that swallows you whole and breaks your heart in the very best way. It is tender and funny. It is shockingly bold. Without a doubt, it is one of the best books I've ever read. It's not only art, it's a perfect miracle. We are lucky for it. - Kristen Arnett

Strange and romantic . . . a deeply unnerving elegy to memory. - i-D

A modern fable about grief, love, and what really lies deep at the bottom of the ocean. - 'Queer and Feminist Books to look out for in 2022', Autostraddle

Essential and haunting. - Stylist

Lyrical and moving. - Prima

Armfield’s novel expertly interweaves fairy-tale and horror motifs with a moving and intimate portrayal of loss. - The Fantasy Hive

Otherworldliness infuses the everyday with a haunting lucidity. This gorgeously written tale confirms Julia Armfield as a master of the domestic uncanny, and of observing human relationships. - Culture Whisper

A modern-day myth about love, grief and the depths of the ocean that moves fluidly between romance and horror. - Monocle

Deeply romantic and devastating - Refinery29 'Best Books for Summer Holidays'

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