Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

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Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah may have come back wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home.

To have the woman she loves back should mean a return to normal life, but Miri can feel Leah slipping from her grasp. Memories of what they had before – the jokes they shared, the films they watched, all the small things that made Leah hers – only remind Miri of what she stands to lose. Living in the same space but suddenly separate, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had might be gone.

Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of salt slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep, deep sea.


"A wonderful novel, deeply romantic and fabulously strange. I loved this book." - Sarah Waters

"A strange, unnerving novel that wrongfoots you at every turn and invites you to think again about loss, absence, and transformation, Our Wives Under The Sea also returns wholly original answers to that great question, 'Where did we come from, where are we going?' It is a beautiful, lyrically written elegy." ― Neel Mukherjee

"Julia Armfield is one of my favourite writers,
Our Wives Under The Sea moves fluidly between horror story and love story, the gorgeous and the grotesque. A contemporary gothic fairy tale, sublime in its creepiness." - Florence Welch

"Part bruisingly tender love story, part nerve-clanging submarine thriller. Creative innovation is there if you’re looking for it ― and to anyone lamenting its loss: order a copy . . . There is such tenderness in the precision of these observations of long-term love and such eerie estrangement when the uncanny intrudes. Eventually, the two moods fuse at the novel’s heart-slicing, cinematic climax. I’ll be thinking about it for ages ― and checking the bathtub for grit." ― The Times

"Beautiful, otherworldly, like floating through water with your eyes open." - Daisy Johnson

Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 978-1529017236
Pages: 240