The Seawomen

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Esta has known nothing but Eden’s Isle her whole life. Raised by her grandmother, after a fire claimed her parents and scarred her face as a child, Esta faces a life of piety and dread, bound to a religious society who cut themselves off from the mainland in the name of salvation. The island is governed by a fear of the outside world and the corrupting evil, lurking deep in the water known as the Seawomen. They fear the water, and the only way to remain virtuous is never to enter the sea, to follow God’s word. Women on the island are controlled, married off and must conceive a child within the 12 months of their appointed motheryear. If she doesn’t bear a child in that year, she is marked as cursed, and cast back into the sea as a sacrifice, in an act called the Untethering. When Esta witnesses a woman Untethered before her eyes she sees a future to fear.

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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Shape of WaterKIRSTY LOGAN
‘Raw and beautiful’ CAROLINE LEA
‘Mesmerising and moving’ SUSANNAH WISE
‘An astonishing literary achievement’ LAURA PRICE
‘I was hooked’ NATASHA BROWN

Everyone on this island has a story. This is mine.

Esta has known nothing but Eden’s Isle her whole life. After a fire left her orphaned and badly scarred, Esta was raised by her grandmother in a deeply religious society who cut itself off from the mainland in the name of salvation. Here, fear rules: fear of damnation, fear of the outside world and fear of what lurks beneath the water – a corrupting evil the islanders call the Seawomen.

But Esta wants more than a life where touching the water risks corruption, where her every move is watched and women are controlled in every aspect of their lives. Married off, the women of the island must conceive a child within their appointed motheryear or be marked as cursed and cast into the sea as a sacrifice in an act called the Untethering.

When Esta witnesses a woman Untethered she sees a future to fear. Her fate awaits, a loveless marriage, her motheryear declared. And after a brief taste of freedom, the insular world Esta knows begins to unravel…

The Seawomen is a fiercely written and timely feminist novel, at once gothic, fantastical and truly unforgettable.

READERS ARE LOVING THE SEAWOMEN

***** ‘Read this in one day as it captured me completely. A terrific debut’
***** ‘Dystopian literary fiction at its finest’
***** ‘A beautifully wild and invigorating voyage of a book – loved it!’
***** ‘I knew I’d have to finish it as soon as possible the same day’
***** ‘An absolute must read’

MORE PRAISE FOR THE SEAWOMEN

‘An unsettling and lushly-written reimagining of witch trials. The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Shape of Water’ KIRSTY LOGAN

‘Richly atmospheric, powerful and provocative. A raw and beautiful coming of age story’ CAROLINE LEA

The Seawomen immerses you in its watery world’ SOPHIE WARD

‘Dive in and don’t look back’ ZOE GILBERT

‘I was hooked’ NATASHA BROWN

The Seawomen is a captivating and sometimes terrifying debut that will sweep you out to sea’ JEN CAMPBELL

‘Mesmerising and moving, I couldn’t put it down’ SUSANNAH WISE

‘Beautifully written, unsettling as a storm over the ocean’ LOUISE MORRISH

‘An astonishing literary achievement. Chloe Timms is an extraordinary new talent’ LAURA PRICE

‘Fiercely feminist and utterly unique’ NATASHA NGAN

‘An allegorical love story with echoes of fairytales and told with a visceral brutality’ KATE SAWYER

‘A provocative, imaginative and beautifully written work of art’ BECCA DAY

Additional information

Weight 0.52 kg
Dimensions 23.6 × 16.2 × 3.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K