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The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 by [Sophie Mackintosh]
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The Water Cure: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 Kindle Edition

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"Chilling. . . . Unsettling. . . . Feels both futuristic and like an eerily familiar fable."
--The New York Times

"Remarkable. . . . Mackintosh seamlessly weaves together the themes of Shakespeare . . . with the very modern issue of toxic masculinity."
--The Washington Post

"Sensational. . . . Part fable, part feminist dystopia, Mackintosh's taut novel turns a keen, unsparing eye on violence, patriarchy, and desire."
--Esquire

"Mackintosh's novel follows in the footsteps of The Handmaid's Tale . . . but this debut has its own alluring style."
--Vogue

"Ingenious and incendiary."
--Laura Miller, The New Yorker

"A tart, uncanny debut novel."
--NPR

"Haunting. . . . Sumptuous."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Gorgeously dark, disturbing, and provocative."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"This harrowing book manages, somehow, to simultaneously walk the line between fairy tale, coming-of-age tale, and morality tale. It does them all with plenty of intensity, and with muscular prose to boot."
--Thrillist

"Eerie and quietly stunning."
--Bomb

"Creepy and sexy in equal measure."
--The Independent

"An evocative coming-of-age novel."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[An] intense, ambitious debut."
--Publishers Weekly

"An extraordinary otherworldly debut. . . . [Mackintosh] is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: everything is luminous, precise, slow to the point of dread."
--The Guardian

"This chilling dystopia feels like a fable for a modern era, and a must-read for women today."
--Good Housekeeping

"A haunting, disturbing look into the ways in which young women are failed by those closest to them, and how those failures echo outward, poisoning all of existence."
--Nylon

"There's something Joni Mitchell-esque about the lyrical, emotional tone of the prose. . . . Mackintosh's profound faith in sisterhood imbues her particular dark vision with beauty and a kind of hope."
--Newsday

"A feminist dystopian fairy tale--evocative, suspenseful, and bleak--in short, everything this age seems to be demanding."
--Fresh Air

"Demonstrate[s] why the subtlest fiction is often the most powerful."
--Vulture

"This riveting debut adds another dimension to a post-Handmaid's Tale world."
--The Telegraph

"Startling. . . . Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page."
--The Irish Times

"A hypnotic read. . . . This extraordinary debut is a feminist quasi-dystopian read for fans of Hot Milk, The Girls, and The Vegetarian."
--Elle (UK)

About the Author

Sophie Mackintosh won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta magazine and Tank magazine, among others. The Water Cure is her first novel.

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