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Deeper Water by [Cole, Jessie]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Length: 266 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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A profound and sensuous novel of grace and beauty from a stunning young Australian talent.

Innocent and unworldly, Mema is still living at home with her mother on a remote, lush hinterland property. It is a small, confined, simple sort of life, and Mema is content with it.

One day, during a heavy downpour, Mema saves a stranger from a raging creek. She takes him into her family home, where, marooned by rising floods, he has to stay until the waters recede. His sudden presence is unsettling - for Mema, her mother and her wild friend Anja - but slowly he opens the door to a new world of beckoning possibilities that threaten to sweep Mema into the deep.

'A fine and elegantly written novel from an impressive writer' the Australian

'She ... takes the reader into a magical place.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A softly spoken coming-of-age tale that deserves the label tour de force.' North & South magazine

'Her first book, Darkness on the Edge of town, was good, but Deeper Water is not just better, it's extraordinary.' Candida Baker, Verandah Magazine

'She takes us to a place of the strangest innocence and lovingness ... And she takes us to a physical place that's quite her own, and when you go to her country - the lush but uneasy country inland from Byron Bay - you recognise at once that she's the voice of it, the country speaks in her voice, though the captivating wise gentleness of that voice belongs only to Jessie.' Peter Bishop


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Estate (1 August 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JIDE4PW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Sally Howes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 September 2014
This book has the reader on the edge of their seat within the first two paragraphs, which is an impressive feat in any book, although the opening scenario does have a slightly unreal quality to it. While trying to save a calf that is being born in the middle of a flood, Mema also rescues Hamish, a city slicker who was silly enough to get his car washed off a bridge by the floodwaters. Stranded with Mema and her all-female family on their farm while the flood recedes, professional environmentalist Hamish opens Mema's eyes to the world beyond her own small existence. But good things do come in small packages, and Mema has a thing or two to teach Hamish, too. Think you know where all of this is leading? Well, think again. In DEEPER WATER, there is a palpable feeling that things aren't happening like they do in a storybook, they're happening like they do in life - a bit chaotically, a bit unpredictably, and more than a bit imperfectly.

The story's narrative voice is almost conversational and very authentic - in the first-person telling of her story, Mema says things like "real" instead of "really" and "'cause" instead of "because," but rather than sounding crude, this makes her narrative feel intimate and therefore a privilege to read. It is difficult to describe the narrator's tone as anything other than "very Australian" - and particularly RURAL Australian, to boot. Above all, the narrative voice is very personable, an easy mixture of humor and frankness. It must be said that the author is not shy about including the occasional well-placed expletive, especially in dialog, where it is usually a natural fit. Such inclusions are in no way excessive, though, and should not deter anyone from dipping their toe into DEEPER WATER.
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Fabulous creative writing. Besides being a wonderful story, the author was successful in carrying the reader into another world, I could not put the book down and upon completion went looking for more stories by Jessie Cole. I really enjoyed her style.
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Well developed character. You felt with her. Well written story. With descriptive scenes. Short chapters that make it an easy and pleasurable read.
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fantastic evocative book. Jessie Cole has taken a huge leap forward from her first book - bring on the next!!!
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Jessie Coleâ(tm)s second novel, Deeper Water, is a graceful, captivating novel introducing Mema, a young woman who lives a simple life with her mother in a remote valley in Northern New South Wales.

Mema is twenty two but, having spent most of her life isolated from wider society, has an innocence more befitting a young teenager, happiest running barefoot in the rain with her only friend, Anja, or watching the sky lighten at dawn. She is not uneducated but is unworldly, with little curiosity about what lies beyond the boundary of the family property. She is naive but not unknowing, aware of her motherâ(tm)s reputation for promiscuity, but uninterested in men or relationships. But everything begins to change for Mema when rescues a stranger, Hamish, from the flooded creek and slowly her â~unknowns become knownsâ(tm).

They say every hero has to leave home, but what those first steps are like Iâ(tm)m yet to knowâ

Deeper Water beautifully explores Memaâ(tm)s belated coming-of-age, her growing awareness of herself, of her desires, and of what the outside world may have to offer her. Mema is a richly drawn character struggling with the emotional changes Hamishâ(tm)s presence awakens, and the way they affect her relationships, with her family, Anja and a neighbour, Billy, in particular.

Deeper Water is also about connection, or the lack there of. Mema is intimately connected to the landscape in which she lives, and the family she loves, but divorced from the wider world. Hamish, despite being horrified by Memaâ(tm)s lack of internet and mobile access, can claim no real anchor, and despite his environmental credentials, has little connection to the land.
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