The Weight of Water (Paperback)
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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 03/01/2013
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Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408830239
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


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Poignant, powerful, just perfect * Cathy Cassidy *
Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion * Sunday Times - Book of the Week *
This poetic novel is sheer perfection - for adults as well as for teenagers. Being in Kasienka's head, the reader gains a new understanding of how alienation feels. I loved it * Irish Examiner *
A compellingly beautiful, utterly seductive debut novel . . . Do not miss it and press it upon your friends and acquaintances * The Scotsman *
You've entered the young Polish girl's voice with a heartfelt conviction. I felt like I was watching a movie of her life in present time and at the same sharing in what's happening inside her head. What I especially like is that nothing is overstated, but there are so many pregnant issues there - prejudice, migration, language bias - but what's so disarming and charming is the way the girl reveals her inner self with a poetic and resonant simplicity * John Agard *

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“One of the best books I have ever read!”

The weight of water is a book I would recommend to anyone. The beautiful unraveles kasienka and her mothers struggle to move to a new county where they know no one and ache to be accepted in a world where all they... More

Hardback edition
9th April 2016
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“I absolutely love this book”

A lot of teenage novels are rather gushing but 'The Weight of Water' is written beautifully, poised and clear which makes it so much more powerful as the story is able to breathe and expand in the... More

Paperback edition
27th March 2013
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“Almost like poetry”

This is such a beautifully written book! The story, of a young girl coming to the UK and having to cope with a new life, school bullies, a missing father and an increasingly irrational mother as well as first love and... More

Paperback edition
15th June 2013
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