The Water Cure

The Water Cure

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"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 The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter . Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave . Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men? A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385543873
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 02, 2019

I found this book really interesting. It follows 3 sisters who live apart from everyone on their own little islands. Man is the most dangerous or so they have been raised to believe.

Jul 19, 2019

Didn't like it, didn't finish it, barely started it. Dystopian.

Jul 09, 2019

Driving narration and an unsettling story left me largely captivated by this dystopian novel. Mackintosh's exploration of familial relationships and the literal/metaphorical manifestation of toxic hetero-white masculinity couldn't be more aptly timed. The Water Cure was an engaging, thought-provoking read I'd recommend to most.

Jul 06, 2019

There's a fine line an author can straddle between being artistically oblique and open-ended, and simply not giving enough information to their reader. I think Mackintosh fails in achieving that balance. Marketed as "feminist dystopia," I'm not sure it's either. A story of three sisters who are isolated for their "protection" from men and other (unknown) terrors, they're tortured, drugged, and abused in multiple ways by their sadistic parents. Puzzling yet oddly predictable, it was dissatisfying and not worth the trouble to figure out either the story or the point.

Jul 04, 2019

This is so terribly dark... and I am captivated. I wonder what that says about me?

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 28, 2019

Interesting literary dystopian fiction. Comparable to Atwood. Feels kind of MaddAddam-y.

Apr 20, 2019

I had high hopes for this. Patiently waded through the first 40 pages of the main characters obviously being raised in a controlling and abusive environment. I just skipped quickly to the end to confirm that my time was better spent on something else. I am avoiding anymore “ feminist dystopian “ books from here on out-there’s already plenty of that.

Apr 19, 2019

This was a very dark and intense reading experience for me. It has a dystopian, hypnotic quality to it. It is a book that needs to be pulled apart and talked about and analysed. Everything that happens in this book can be seen from many different angles and you may change your mind several times about which of the characters are the ones to be feared. There are many things left unsaid. A good choice if you are looking for something introspective that will leave you thinking.

Mar 08, 2019

Ugh. I tried, I really did, but I ended up too bored and skimmed three quarters of it. I didn't even add this one to my book total for the year because I didn't want to claim it.

Feb 12, 2019

It is beautifully written, but makes you uncomfortable to read. The devastation of the toxic environment these sisters endured shows right until the last page. It left me wanting more.

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