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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Large type / large print edition edition (10 February 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593104218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593104217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 354 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.6 out of 5 stars180 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, VOGUE, WASHINGTON POST, HUFFINGTON POST, VULTURE, LITHUB, REFINERY29 and more

"Ingenious and incendiary"
--THE NEW YORKER

"Sensational...Mackintosh's taut novel turns a keen, unsparing eye on violence, patriarchy, and desire."
--ESQUIRE (25 Most Anticipated Books of 2019)

"Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you."
--PAULA HAWKINS, New York Times bestselling author of GIRL ON THE TRAIN

"An extraordinary otherworldly debut... [Mackintosh] is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: Everything is luminous."
--THE GUARDIAN

"[A] chilling, beautifully written novel...the tautness and tension of the writing are staggering."
--Judges Panel Citation, the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

"Mackintosh's novel follows in the footsteps of The Handmaid's Tale...but this debut has its own alluring style, which has prompted comparisons to The Virgin Suicides for its gauzy, heady sexuality; lacy, precise prose; and the luminous sisters at its core."
--VOGUE

"Mackintosh's entry [into feminist dystopian fiction] is among the best, not least because it gets to the root of the genre by dissecting a warped utopia...Three men arrive on the island, and twists ensue -- not cheap pyrotechnics but reversals of moral structure, revelations that demonstrate why the subtlest fiction is often the most powerful."
--VULTURE

"Sophie Mackintosh casts an exquisite, irresistible spell in her thrilling debut. Ablaze with beauty, desire, and dread, The Water Cure is a shattering look at patriarchal control and how far three sisters will go to free themselves from it".
--LENI ZUMAS, author of RED CLOCKS

"At once dreamy and disturbing, The Water Cure is a gripping work, a dizzying labyrinth of conflicting realities."
--HELEN PHILIPS, author of THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT

"Creepy and sexy in equal measure, The Water Cure is a hypnotic portrait of three young women waking up to the world, desire, and the power of their bodies."
--THE INDEPENDENT

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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