Out on 16 March 2023

Our Wives Under The Sea

Julia Armfield

16 March 2023
9781529017250
240 pages

Synopsis

‘A gothic fairy tale, sublime in its creepiness’ Florence Welch

When Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe, her wife Miri knows that something is wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home.

As Miri searches for answers to her wife’s altered state, she must face the possibility that the woman she loves is slipping from her grasp…

‘Frightening, otherworldly, but above all gripping’ Sunday Times

‘Deeply romantic and fabulously strange’ Sarah Waters

‘Beautiful, otherworldly, like floating through water with your eyes open’ Daisy Johnson

‘Essential and haunting’ Stylist

‘Deeply romantic and devastating’ Refinery29

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.
Julia Armfield’s weird and wonderful debut feels fresh (or rather, salty) . . . You hear a lot of people lamenting the death of innovation in contemporary fiction . . . and Armfield is a brilliant counterpoint.
Frightening, otherworldly, but above all gripping.