The Inland Sea

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About the Author
Madeleine Watts grew up in Sydney, Australia and currently lives in New York. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and her fiction has been published in The White Review and The Lifted Brow. Her novella, Afraid of Waking It was awarded the Griffith Review Novella Prize. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Literary Hub. The Inland Sea is her first novel.
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A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of the Year
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Throughout this blighted coming-of-age story, Ms. Watts seeds curious capsule histories about Australia's earliest colonizers and their disappointed dreams of finding an Eden-like oasis at the heart of the barren continent . . . Watts writes with unquestionable poise and intelligence. --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

A dizzying account of anxiety in this tale of crises both intimate and global. --Elle, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

The Inland Sea, Madeleine Watts' stunning debut novel, is a book about emergencies both big--climate change--and small--regrettable romantic hookups, clumsy IUD insertions . . . Watts captures the urgency of life right now, the particular blend of desire and destructiveness that comes with feeling like there is no longer a guarantee of tomorrow. And while The Inland Sea might not do much to ease the anxiety of these times, reading and getting lost in the shimmering sentences does feel a little like finding a small and perfect oasis in the midst of all the fires that burn around us. --Kristin Iversen, Refinery29, One of the Best New Books of the Year

The Inland Sea is notable for how delicately it explores how a global crisis can intersect and amplify a personal one . . . Watts has written a surprisingly dreamy new standout in the climate-fiction canon. --Kate Knibbs, Wired

The Inland Sea is a slow burn of a self-destructive woman struggling to make it through. --Alma, A Favorite Book for Winter

"An artful debut . . . Rich, tightly patterned . . . Watts's constrained metaphoric range--nature, disaster, violence--lends this novel the compressed charge of poetry." --Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books

Watts expertly weaves two stories, told centuries apart, to reveal how our anxieties about our place in the world and the safety and future of the world have remained unchanged. --Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful, One of Ten Debuts to Read This Month

In this wonderful first novel, a young woman endures a 'splendid conflagration of emergency' in the midst of a boiling Australian summer . . . The novel revolves around catastrophes of various scales, personal and global but also historical. --The Millions, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

An unnamed protagonist watches Australia burn as her body burns along with it . . . People around her experience disasters, and she keeps herself outside. She goes through trauma, and she doesn't know she's the one screaming. Magnificently uncomfortable. --Kirkus Reviews

Australian writer Watts punctuates her eloquent debut with deep-seated anxiety about climate change . . . The prose is consistently rich and loaded with imagery. Watts's bold, unconventional outing makes for a distinctive entry into climate fiction. --Publishers Weekly

An eyecatcher in both premise and language, which is rough-and-tough, visceral, and absorbing. --Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

This is a coming-of-age novel fit for the crippling uncertainty of twenty-first-century young adulthood . . . The powerful metaphors, relatable negotiation for a satisfying livelihood, and ethereal setting make Watts' debut a can't-miss. --Booklist