The Water Cure

The Water Cure

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia, and Sky kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood, and transformation.

Title:The Water Cure
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780241334744
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About Sophie Mackintosh

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.


    The Water Cure Reviews

  • Hannah

    This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague. This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents w...

  • Meike

    Of course you can slap the label "feminist dystopia" on a book in order to sell more copies, alas, it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia. Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative, but ther...

  • Hannah Greendale

    All the monsters in this book are women. ...

  • Trudie

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist. I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop. I w...

  • Navidad Thélamour

    Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea. It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for. It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Soph...

  • Britta Böhler

    I'm a bit tired of publicists (and/or reviewers) telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and...

  • Umut Reviews

    For full review, please visit my blog: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201...2.5 stars. I haven’t read such a weird novel since long time. I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are peo...

  • Marchpane

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also – literally – toxic.The ‘dystopian’ premise is jus...

  • Hugh

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018My fifth book from this year's longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about. Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so...

  • Dannii Elle

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before. The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house. The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the fee...