The Girl in the Water

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Nummist Media
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.71 inches | 1.03 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph Howse writes fiction, as well as technical books on computer programming and image analysis. He lives in a Nova Scotian fishing village, where he chats with his cats and nurtures an orchard of hardy fruit trees. His debut novel, The Girl in the Water, has won the 2023 Independent Press Award for Literary Fiction, the 2023 IAN Awards for Outstanding Multicultural Fiction, and the 2023 IPPY Awards Bronze Medal for Best Regional Ebook (Fiction). He is currently working on a sequel.


"a captivating story that sheds light on the complexities of human nature in times of great change ... A must-read for anyone interested in the impact of historical events and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity." -Benji Allen, Waikato Independent

"Joseph Howse evokes the literary styles of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky ... Howse's novel feels Russian, from its ornate structure to its social commentary to its wry humor. The author has composed a book like Tchaikovsky would a symphony; tight, disciplined, yet bubbling with unspoken passion and near-magical allegory." -Rob Errera, IndieReader

"[The characters'] caring for one another and the people around them in need was quite lovely. Those values of family and support remain strong even in quite a bleak time." -Nicky Walker, Radio New Zealand Nine To Noon

"Howse's prose is wonderfully written. Through the narrative he is able to create realism in the descriptions and authentic moments between people. ... Centering on the dialogue, Howse uses language well and is able to present the vocabulary of each of the characters with a sense of authenticity. ... [The novel] demonstrates more than just the vivid description of a time in our world's history where oppressed people overcame incredible obstacles. It also celebrates life, and all that is to be gained through the experiences of togetherness and connection." -Chris Reed, NZ Booklovers

"A resilient coming-of-age story ... The author includes emotional, compelling scenes with every character, as each one has been dealt a vastly different hand of cards. ... It feels very down-to-Earth and includes necessary comical moments throughout. I did not know much about the events or places in this book before, but after finishing it and doing a little extra curiosity research, I'm thankful to have learned something new in such an engaging way." -Audrey Davis, Independent Book Review

"A coming of age narrative held against the backdrop of the last days of the Soviet Union ... This setting and context of the book feels authentic and it is clear that a lot of research has been carried out in order to add dimension to the story. The sense of change in the setting reflects the coming-of-age themes in the characters' narratives. ... I think that this book would appeal to those interested in character driven family dramas and relationship stories, and may appeal to those interested in modern Eastern European history." -LoveReading Ambassador