Tides (Paperback)

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I loved this slim novel about a woman trying to disappear. The reason why is a mystery through most of it, but what intrigued me most was Freeman's exploration of the escape fantasy. C'mon; we've all had it. 

— Becky


"Brilliant, elegant, and unsparing." --Emma Cline

" S]tarkly beautiful." -- WBUR

"Enchanting." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An intoxicating, compact debut novel by the winner of Columbia's Henfield Prize, Tides is an astoundingly powerful portrait of a deeply unpredictable woman who walks out of her life and washes up in a seaside town.

After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy seaside town with a dead cellphone and barely any money. Mired in her grief, Mara detaches from the outside world and spends her days of self-imposed exile scrounging for food and swimming in the night ocean. In her state of emotional extremis, the sea at the town's edge is rendered bleak, luminous, implacable.

As her money runs out and tourist season comes to a close, Mara finds a job at the local wine store. There, she meets Simon, the shop's soft-spoken, lonely owner. Confronted with the possibility of connection with Simon and the slow return of her desires and appetites, the reasons for her flight begin to emerge.

Reminiscent of works by Rachel Cusk, Jenny Offill, and Marguerite Duras, Tides is a spare, visceral debut novel about the nature of selfhood, intimacy, and the private narratives that shape our lives. A shattering and unforgettable debut.

About the Author

Sara Freeman is a Montreal-born writer currently based out of Boston. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in Fiction in 2013. At Columbia, she won the Henfield Prize for the best piece of short fiction by a graduate student. Her work has previously been published in a number of literary magazines.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802162304
ISBN-10: 0802162304
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English

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