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The Girl in the Water

Joseph Howse Janet Howse

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English
Nummist Media Corporation Limited
17 September 2022
"Winner of the 2023 Independent Press Award for Literary Fiction

Finalist in the 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards for Multicultural Fiction

The Girl in the Water is the story of a multiethnic group of young friends, coming of age in Estonia and Ukraine in the last days of the Soviet Union. Their lives are shaped by an Afghan war, the Chernobyl disaster, and the collapse and legacy of a suffocating society.

The novel examines life and choice in the aftermath of trauma and has garnered praise as both a lifelike family drama and a literary statement in the tradition of the Russian classics:

""The author includes emotional, compelling scenes with every character, as each one has been dealt a vastly different hand of cards."" -Audrey Davis, Independent Book Review

""Joseph Howse evokes the literary styles of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky ... The author has composed a book like Tchaikovsky would a symphony; tight, disciplined, yet bubbling with unspoken passion and near-magical allegory."" -Rob Errera, IndieReader

Scenes of shortwave listening and roaming the hinterlands provide a backdrop to the young characters' search for themselves within a failing civilization that sees non-cooperation and unhappiness as a disease.

At the centre of this multilayered story of family, society, and nature is a Soviet girl, Nadia, who, one day on a remote beach, looks up from her book to see that her friend is drowning.

Nadia is an abstract thinker growing up in an era of endgames. She is a bookworm, an architect of reckless pranks, a day-and-night wanderer, a compulsive witness, and a note-taker. All around her she sees people quietly gambling with life and soul for little apparent gain. As her illusions unravel, she asks herself, what is to be done?

The Girl in the Water is a tragicomedy. It is an intricate study of beauty and futility in everyday life and a call for compassion and humour in a cruel world."

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Imprint:   Nummist Media Corporation Limited
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   467g
ISBN:   9780995287853
ISBN 10:   0995287856
Pages:   316
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph Howse writes fiction, as well as technical books on computer programming and image analysis. He lives in a Nova Scotian fishing village, where he chats with his cats and nurtures an orchard of hardy fruit trees. His debut novel, The Girl in the Water, has won the 2023 Independent Press Award for Literary Fiction and is a finalist in the 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards for Multicultural Fiction.

Reviews for The Girl in the Water

1/2 Joseph Howse evokes the literary styles of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky ... Howse's novel feels Russian, from its ornate structure to its social commentary to its wry humor. The author has composed a book like Tchaikovsky would a symphony; tight, disciplined, yet bubbling with unspoken passion and near-magical allegory. -Rob Errera, IndieReader A resilient coming-of-age story ... The author includes emotional, compelling scenes with every character, as each one has been dealt a vastly different hand of cards. ... It feels very down-to-Earth and includes necessary comical moments throughout. I did not know much about the events or places in this book before, but after finishing it and doing a little extra curiosity research, I'm thankful to have learned something new in such an engaging way. -Audrey Davis, Independent Book Review A coming of age narrative held against the backdrop of the last days of the Soviet Union ... This setting and context of the book feels authentic and it is clear that a lot of research has been carried out in order to add dimension to the story. The sense of change in the setting reflects the coming-of-age themes in the characters' narratives. ... I think that this book would appeal to those interested in character driven family dramas and relationship stories, and may appeal to those interested in modern Eastern European history. -LoveReading Ambassador


  • Runner-up for Foreword INDIES Awards for Multicultural Fiction 2022
  • Winner of Independent Press Award for Literary Fiction 2023

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