The Water Cure

The Water Cure

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First United States edition.
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"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 The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter . Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave . Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men? A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.
Determined to protect his wife and daughters from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland, King moves them to an isolated island, lays out barbed wire, and anchored buoys with a clear message: Do not enter. He institutes cult-like rituals and therapies to fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. When King disappears, they retreat further inward... until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385543873
0385543875
Branch Call Number: FIC MACKINT
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 22 cm

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Sparsely and effectively written dystopian, feminist revenge story. The first line hooked me: "Once we have a father, but our father dies without us noticing." Suggested by Lisa C.


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Mpossehl
May 17, 2019

Read this at the same time Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Missouri are aiming to take down Roe v. Wade. Dystopian or not, the parallels in this book to decisions being made for women and men saying 'Can't you see I had to do it? It's not my fault' got my blood boiling. A strange read, a good read. It goes by quickly!

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egress
Apr 20, 2019

I had high hopes for this. Patiently waded through the first 40 pages of the main characters obviously being raised in a controlling and abusive environment. I just skipped quickly to the end to confirm that my time was better spent on something else. I am avoiding anymore “ feminist dystopian “ books from here on out-there’s already plenty of that.

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becker
Apr 19, 2019

This was a very dark and intense reading experience for me. It has a dystopian, hypnotic quality to it. It is a book that needs to be pulled apart and talked about and analysed. Everything that happens in this book can be seen from many different angles and you may change your mind several times about which of the characters are the ones to be feared. There are many things left unsaid. A good choice if you are looking for something introspective that will leave you thinking.

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tracebroyles
Mar 08, 2019

Ugh. I tried, I really did, but I ended up too bored and skimmed three quarters of it. I didn't even add this one to my book total for the year because I didn't want to claim it.

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N_Nye
Feb 12, 2019

It is beautifully written, but makes you uncomfortable to read. The devastation of the toxic environment these sisters endured shows right until the last page. It left me wanting more.

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mblummichaels
Feb 06, 2019

A total waste of time! Don't start it.

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jeanie123
Oct 15, 2018

An exquisitely well-written novel depicting a dystopian and disturbing story of three sisters raised in isolation and subjected to cruel and cult-like rituals by their warped parents. Compelling and creepy at the same time, the story continues to reveal its devastation right until the end.

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