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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish | Katya Apekina
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It's 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, puddle of urine on the floor, barely alive. Upstairs, 14-year-old Mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother's dark moods. After Marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, Dennis, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success. The girls, grieving and homesick, are at first wary of their father's affection, but soon Mae and Edie's close relationship begins to fall apart--Edie remains fiercely loyal to Marianne, convinced that Dennis is responsible for her mother's downfall, while Mae, suffocated by her striking resemblances to her mother, feels pulled toward their father. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne's romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further. Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, THE DEEPER THE WATER THE UGLIER THE FISH powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can't, and shouldn't, have to themselves. In this captivating debut, Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.
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parasolofdoom
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My first 5-star book of the year!

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andytbarnes
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I haven‘t posted in a while. This is me now. I am the same but got my first and only* tattoo for free books (unless you‘re reading this and wanna send me copious amounts of quality books for me to deface myself). Shout out @twodollarradio . Read their books! I tagged my fav of theirs but truly they all rip. If you love them too or also love free books join me in joining their tattoo club!

Cosyreader Nice! What is it? 1mo
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Lindy
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It‘s hard to know what to add to the praise this awesome novel has already received. It‘s got fraught family dynamics, art, mental illness, obsession, and a time span from the 1960s to the early 22nd century. My favourite aspect is the layered, wildly varying viewpoints built from multiple sources including letters, interviews, medical notes, phone conversations, plus the main alternating voices of two sisters. Wowsa. #blameitonLitsy

ReadingEnvy So good! 7mo
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It‘s easy to say now that I wish I‘d been kinder to my sister, but at the time I don‘t think I was capable of it. Our father had just broken my heart, our mother had just killed herself, and I had just set myself on fire. I couldn‘t afford to be generous.

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Lindy
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Novels with women photographers are suddenly on my radar. I‘m excited that Janeczek‘s will be translated into English this fall.
“I‘ve coped with this and everything else by retreating into my camera. The world through the viewfinder was contained and manageable. My Leica became an extension of my new body. I slept with it pressed to my body, so it was always warm.” —Katya Apekina, in tagged book.

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Lindy
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“Don‘t cry,” she says and closes her eyes.
I hadn‘t realized I was crying. Tears have been leaking out of me since we got here, like my face is incontinent. “I‘m not,” I say and wipe them with her hair.

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thebluestocking
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I picked this up yesterday after hearing @ReadingEnvy recommend it on her podcast. I raced through it and loved it. Two sisters deal with the fallout from their parents‘ lives and neuroses. Apekina weaves their stories and separate and shared experiences with a deft hand. I‘m realizing that I love this kind of story that shifts perspectives.

ReadingEnvy So good! I'm glad you liked it too!! 9mo
thebluestocking @ReadingEnvy Thanks for the recommendation. 💙 9mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Unputdownable, multiple points of view, five star novel about two sisters in the wake of their mother's suicide attempt. Highly recommended for the writing and the journey.

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ecummings
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The format of this book was so unique and had so many perspectives. I thought it would be confusing but it worked really well. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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twodollarradio
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Happy International Women‘s Day! Over the years we have published some rad women writers and we are excited to continue to present bold works and voices too loud to be ignored.

batsy Your covers are 👌🏽 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 11mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌷 11mo
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DannyOlda
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One of my most favorite publishers, a consistently great press @twodollarradio is now on Litsy! Consider showing them some love and giving them a follow. (Also, this book was amazing. One of the best I've read over the last year.)

twodollarradio Oh, dang, thank you so much!🥳 11mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Bookmail from indie publisher Two Dollar Radio. I‘ve been trying to read more from indie presses lately. Do you have a particular independent publisher you really like?

LauraJ @ValancourtBooks is pretty awesome. 12mo
Tanisha_A What a beautiful photograph too! 12mo
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mauveandrosysky
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Whoaaaa, boy. This book goes to some dark places. I picked it up after seeing Ottessa Moshfegh recommend it in a recent article. It clearly fell beneath the radar in 2018, which is a shame because it‘s quite good. As far as families go, it‘s hard to get more dysfunctional than this one. A bold, assured and captivating debut about mental illness, self-destruction and the possibility of emerging on the other side broken but still whole.

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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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I‘ve said it before and I‘ll gladly say it again: Two Dollar Radio is one of the most interesting publishers out there. Just look at this beauty of a book! The title is quite awesome as well!

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TheNerdyProfessor
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I was mesmerized by this book. It was raw and dark, an examination of what it means to be family and the many ways in which we use those around us for our own needs. What I really liked was the multiple perspectives through which the story was told. The author unveiled information slowly, without blatantly pointing it out to the reader. This is a quick read but an emotional one.
TW: suicide, sexual abuse

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TheNerdyProfessor
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I wish this was a real holiday.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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15 pages into this book and already hooked. I suspect this will be an emotional read but I've got the tissues handy!

mreads Great bookmark 😁❤ 1y
TheNerdyProfessor @mreads Believe it or not, it was free from Books on The Square in Providence, RI. I'm a bookmark fanatic! 1y
mreads @TheNerdyProfessor Free!! ❤❤😁 1y
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DannyOlda
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I love this title. I'm about half way in and it's easy to tell this is great work from a very talented writer.

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RedbagReadbooks
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4.5/5📖. Mae and Edith are sent to live with their father after their mother attempts suicide. The father has not seen them in 14 years. This book is visceral. Each character looks at the world from their own mentally dysfunctional lens. I wanted to feel empathetic toward each of the characters, but their narratives were turned so inwards, I couldn‘t even feel bad for them. Fantastic read. Highly recommend 📖📖

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