Let Me Be Like Water

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Melville House Publishing
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

S. K. Perry was longlisted for London's Young Poet Laureate in 2013 and is the author of the poetry collection Curious Hands: 24 Hours in Soho. She lives in London and Let Me Be Like Water is her first novel.


"A wonderful debut novel about how we find our feet again after a bereavement. It's one of the best evocations of the grieving process I've read and is written in a fluid engaging style that draws you in to the protagonist Holly's world." --THE GUARDIAN

"Let Me Be Like Water is a truly cathartic, 'chicken soup for the soul' read." --REFINERY29

"Perry's prose is exquisite." --SIGNATURE

"Oh, what a beautiful book... Perry's debut novel goes fast, so try to savor the story for as long as possible." --HELLO GIGGLES

"For fans of Mitch Albom, Anne Tyler, and Rachel Khong... read it for a sense of comfort, and for a reading experience as soothing and cathartic as ocean waves lapping at your toes." --BOOKPAGE

"Beautifully portrays the experience of living with grief... Perry's novel is emotionally honest and heartfelt, a tender and refreshing take on loss, love, friendship, and moving on." --BOOKLIST

"[A] moving debut... by the book's satisfying conclusion, readers will feel they have grown alongside loving and resilient Holly." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A beautiful and gut-wrenching exploration of a woman defining herself after a monumental loss." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Raw, visceral and confident... this is an affecting debut." --THE DAILY MAIL (UK)

"Perry's sure-handed debut is an extraordinary atlas of heartbreak, hopelessness, and the herculean strength required to power through despair to survival into recovery. Hard to put down; impossible to forget." --*starred* LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A beautiful and heartbreaking story of young love and young loss... Let Me Be Like Water is distinctive in its poetic and vivid language...Perry is a voice to be watched." --*starred* SHELF AWARENESS

"The writing is artful, witty and poetic... only a cynical heart would fail to be moved by this tight as a bow detailing of that old lesson: when it is time to let go, let go." --THE IRISH TIMES