Waterline by Ross Raisin
A Novel (P.S.)

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...a portrait of grief that’s as haunting as it is elegant – and yet it somehow manages to crackle with energy at the same time. This is a hard balance to strike, but Raisin has done it...
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From Ross Raisin, the highly acclaimed author of Out Backward—a debut novel Colm Tóibín 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
 

About Ross Raisin

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Ross Raisin is the author of Out Backward, winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Betty Trask Award, and a finalist the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the IMPAC, and other honors. He is an occasional contributor to the Guardian and holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College in London, where he resides.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Rachel Nolan on Feb 24 2012

...it takes no small readerly fortitude to get through a book as relentlessly downbeat as “Waterline,”...

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Hingston on Mar 27 2012

...a portrait of grief that’s as haunting as it is elegant – and yet it somehow manages to crackle with energy at the same time. This is a hard balance to strike, but Raisin has done it...

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