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The water cure

Mackintosh, Sophie
"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.
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