Sea Wife

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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
AMITY GAIGE is the author of four novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, Schroder, and Sea Wife. Sea Wife was a 2020 New York Times Notable Book. Her previous novel, Schroder, was shortlisted for the UK's Rathbones Folio Prize in 2014, and was translated into 18 languages. Amity is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Die Welt, Harper's Bazaar, The Yale Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She lives in West Hartford, CT, with her family, and teaches at Yale.
"Stunning... Amity [tows] you to tragedy with the graceful crawl of a poet and the motorboat intensity of a suspense author."
--New York Times Book Review

"Profound and universal... "Sea Wife" achieves a lovely balance between the real and the metaphoric"
--The Wall Street Journal

"Gaige's razor-sharp novel is wise to marital and broader politics. But it's also such gripping escapism that it feels like a lifeboat."

"Cuts to the heart of mundane marital strife and the legacy of trauma."

"Gaige is a superb writer."
--The Boston Globe

"Gripping... A powerful take on a marriage on the rocks."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] splendid, wrenching novel...Every element of this impressive novel clicks into a dazzling, heartbreaking whole."
--Publishers Weekly [starred review]

"Sea Wife is a gripping tale of survival at sea--but that's just the beginning. Amity Gaige also manages, before she's done, to probe the underpinnings of romantic love, marriage, literary ambition, political inclinations in the Trump age, parenthood, and finally, the nature of survival itself in our broken world. Gaige is thrillingly talented, and her novel enchants."
--Jennifer Egan

"Taut as a thriller, emotionally precise yet threaded with lyricism, Sea Wife is at once the compelling story of a family's glorious, misbegotten seafaring adventure and an allegory for life itself. This is an unforgettable novel."
--Claire Messud

"Sea Wife is an immersive pleasure. Amity Gaige captivates us, tricks us, and transports us. She understands the inner and the outer world--from quiet misery to murderous seas--and there is no world she cannot explore and illuminate."
--Amy Bloom

"Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel."
--Lauren Groff

"Few writers have portrayed marriage and parenthood with more fierce intelligence than Amity Gaige, but in Sea Wife, she has outdone herself. This is an unforgettable portrait of a family that ventures out to sea, only to be riven by the weight of the past, and the politics of the present. Piercingly written and compelling from beginning to end, Sea Wife is a major accomplishment."
--Adam Haslett