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Tides
Tides | Sara Freeman
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From an astounding new voice in Canadian literature comes an intoxicating, compact novel about a 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 Sheila Heti, 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.
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ExuberantCrow
Tides | Sara Freeman
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So perfectly written.
A book about loss and grief and memory written through the disjointed, hazy, confusion of dissociation. I understood this language.
The FEEL of the writing matches the inner feel of Mara.

#ptsd #grief #dissociation #runaway #disappear

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Lindy
Tides | Sara Freeman
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“How could she explain it? That there was something whole she wanted severed. Something clean she needed soiled.” The grief-struck central character is in bad shape, having escaped her old life but unable to escape herself. I had difficulty feeling compassion as I witnessed her self-sabotaging behaviour. What I found missing from the prose is some up-and-downess, if you know what I mean. Something to relieve the bleak flatness. #shadowGiller2022

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Lindy
Tides | Sara Freeman
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There are those who leave and those who were left over. That was her mother‘s favourite phrase.

DivineDiana Is that photograph today‘s weather? ❄️ 2mo
Lindy @DivineDiana It was yesterday evening. More snow fell overnight, which looked pretty in the sunshine this morning. It‘s melting now. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy we‘re going to have winter and summer all in one week here. We had a bit of a snowstorm earlier and by tomorrow the temps skyrocket. 🥴 So it‘s heavy sweaters to shorts weather! 2mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s never dull 😉 2mo
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merelybookish
Tides | Sara Freeman
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Story of a woman intent on escaping her life who lands in a seaside tourist town after tourist season is over. The novel describes Mara slowly finding a place for herself in the community while also slowly revealing why she ran away in the first place. This is a novel about healing and how it can be messy and surprising. The ending felt true to me and it is well-written. Still, I wonder if I will remember it in a year's time.

Suet624 Love the colors of the book though. 😌 5mo
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squirrelbrain
Tides | Sara Freeman
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Mara flees her home after a devastating loss and ends up in an out-of-season seaside town. ( see spoiler and TW below)

This is a debut novel that I received on #netgalley. It‘s a soft pick for me. Clearly, with the subject matter, it was going to be a melancholy novel but there was also something missing in the writing that I just can‘t put my finger on. It‘s quite a short book and perhaps just needed a bit more space to be something more.

squirrelbrain TW for stillbirth 7mo
Hooked_on_books What a pretty cover! 😍 7mo
merelybookish I just finished this and also felt there was something missing. It just felt a bit...flimsy although it is well written. It just felt a bit forgettable too. 5mo
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