Thank you so much to Grove Atlantic for providing my free copy! I first heard of this book from @belletrist and knew I had to read it!
“Our city is here, somewhere, but we are not. We are all untied, is the thing. Untethered, floating, drifting, all these things. And the end, the tether, the re-leash, is not in sight.”
This tiny little book is written in gorgeous prose; it almost feels like a long-form poem. It begins with a disaster of water levels rising and causing England to mostly go under water. A woman gives birth to her only son, Z, and she and her husband, R, do what they need to do to survive. They pick up and move upward and onward in order to stay out of harm’s way.
The story seems sparse because it is, but for some reason I think it works. I’m a GIANT fan of dystopian novels and exquisite prose so I LOVED IT! It really doesn’t matter how big the book is if the writing is lovely. I loved the juxtaposition of disaster, love, loss, and motherhood. A very thought provoking read. Just BEAUTIFUL.
“I can see every star in the sky. They look straight through us, a sparkling indifference.”
I rate this book 4 / 5 stars!
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