The Water Cure

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Anchor Books
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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Sophie Mackintosh won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta magazine and Tank magazine, among others. The Water Cure is her first novel.


"Chilling. . . . Unsettling. . . . Feels both futuristic and like an eerily familiar fable."
--The New York Times

"Remarkable. . . . Mackintosh seamlessly weaves together the themes of Shakespeare . . . with the very modern issue of toxic masculinity."
--The Washington Post

"Sensational. . . . Part fable, part feminist dystopia, Mackintosh's taut novel turns a keen, unsparing eye on violence, patriarchy, and desire."

"Mackintosh's novel follows in the footsteps of The Handmaid's Tale . . . but this debut has its own alluring style."

"Ingenious and incendiary."
--Laura Miller, The New Yorker

"A tart, uncanny debut novel."

"Haunting. . . . Sumptuous."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Gorgeously dark, disturbing, and provocative."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"This harrowing book manages, somehow, to simultaneously walk the line between fairy tale, coming-of-age tale, and morality tale. It does them all with plenty of intensity, and with muscular prose to boot."

"Eerie and quietly stunning."

"Creepy and sexy in equal measure."
--The Independent

"An evocative coming-of-age novel."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[An] intense, ambitious debut."
--Publishers Weekly

"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

"This chilling dystopia feels like a fable for a modern era, and a must-read for women today."
--Good Housekeeping

"A haunting, disturbing look into the ways in which young women are failed by those closest to them, and how those failures echo outward, poisoning all of existence."

"There's something Joni Mitchell-esque about the lyrical, emotional tone of the prose. . . . Mackintosh's profound faith in sisterhood imbues her particular dark vision with beauty and a kind of hope."

"A feminist dystopian fairy tale--evocative, suspenseful, and bleak--in short, everything this age seems to be demanding."
--Fresh Air

"Demonstrate[s] why the subtlest fiction is often the most powerful."

"This riveting debut adds another dimension to a post-Handmaid's Tale world."
--The Telegraph

"Startling. . . . Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page."
--The Irish Times

"A hypnotic read. . . . This extraordinary debut is a feminist quasi-dystopian read for fans of Hot Milk, The Girls, and The Vegetarian."
--Elle (UK)