For the 20th anniversary of Melville House, I have been sent a copy of Let Me Be Like Water by S.K.Perry to review as part of their #virtualbooktour
Review by Kelly Lacey
Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry is by far the most beautifully written book I have ever read. It is written with heart and you can feel that pulsating of the page. The book is predominately about loss, in all its forms.
As a person who has experienced great loss in their life, I was worried that I would be upset by the book. But instead, it was like therapy to me. I was lucky to find my own ‘Frank’ in the form of different friends who came into my life when I needed them. Holly is so relatable and I just loved her. She is grieving for the loss of all the things she thought were ahead. Leaving her lost, vulnerable and wondering who she is without him.
The little short chapters are each filled with so much. It takes an extraordinary writer to pack such a punch with short paragraphs. I loved the chapter about the Duplo toys, it was my favourite.
In reading, you feel your own feelings being validated and you feel less alone.
A must read for everyone who has ever been or felt lost. With beautiful text and an abundance of heart.
Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a young woman learns how to rebuild her life in this stunningly poignant debut novel.
Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway … what is supposed to happen next?
She had thought she’d want to be on her own. Wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. Frank, is a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again.
A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.
Thank you to Melville House for my gifted copy (which I will treasure) in exchange for an honest review.