Waterline

Waterline

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From Ross Raisin, the highly acclaimed author of Out Backward--a debut novel Colm Toibin called "compelling, disturbing and often very funny"--comes the moving and story of an ex-shipyard worker's journey of grief and reclamation in the wake of his wife's death. Lyrical and resonant, with echoes of Paul Harding's Tinkers and Anne Enright's The Gathering, Raisin's blue collar story of a man's fractured search for a new beginning is a powerfully voiced, penetratingly personal narrative of alienation and, ultimately, redemption.

"Ross Raisin confirms himself as an exciting talent, a unique, gifted, and generous voice, a young writer with a vision broad far beyond his years." --David Vann, Financial Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062103970
  • 9780062103970
  • 93,634

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Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder on the Glasgow yards. But as they closed one after another down the river, the search for work took him and his beloved wife, Cathy, to Australia, and back again, struggling for a living, longing for home. Thirty years later the yards are nearly all gone and Cathy is dead. And now Mick will have to find a new way to live: to get away, start again, and try to deal with the guilt he feels over her death.

With devastating vision, Ross Raisin brings to life the story of an ordinary man caught in the outer reaches of modern existence, suffering the loss of a great love. Waterline paints a captivating portrait of the alienation of lives lived quietly all around us, and of one man's existence dissolved through grief, and the long journey home.
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Review quote

Utterly frightening and electrifying. --Joshua Ferris for "Out Backward""
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218 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 26% (57)
4 41% (90)
3 20% (43)
2 8% (18)
1 5% (10)
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