'Deeper Water' by Jessie Cole

'Deeper Water' by Jessie Cole

Deeper Water

by Jessie Cole

Fourth Estate, $29.99 pb, 346 pp, 9780732298586

Naama Grey-Smith

Naama Grey-Smith

Naama Grey-Smith is a publisher at Fremantle Press. She has edited award-winning fiction and non-fiction, and was among the initiators

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Deeper Water delivers on its title’s promise of immersion, sensuality, and the liminal. Narrated by Mema, an innocent twenty-two-year-old living on an isolated rural property, the book opens with the arrival of Hamish, a city sophisticate whose car has been washed down a flooding creek. Mema saves Hamish from drowning and takes him into her family home until the floodwater recedes. He soon becomes a catalyst for Mema’s sexual awakening and for her widening understanding of her place in the world.

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Published in November 2014, no. 366

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