Reviews

  • An arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes's Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending. Sauma, whose style manages to be both spare and rich, is clear-eyed about the social and racial divides in Rio

    Daily Telegraph
  • Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work. Her ability to cut across time and continents and to inhabit the physical and inner life of both a young Brazilian and that same man in middle-age is as dazzling as the novel's plot. The reveal, when it comes, is astonishing-sensuous, shocking, and completely earned.

    Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Pilot’s Wife
  • Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come

    Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-shortlisted 'The Dark Room'
  • Sauma's writing is sensual and evocative. Flesh and Bone and Water is a powerful depiction of sexual attraction and long lost loves; a haunting weave of Rio, the Amazon and present-day London

    Ardashir Vakil, award-winning author of 'Beach Boy'
  • Luiza Sauma's first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is lush and evocative. The secret at the center came as a shocking surprise, and the characters were as haunted as I was. Sip a caipirinha and enjoy

    Lisa See
  • I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heartbreaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy

    Susie Steiner, author of 'Missing, Presumed'
  • Teenage love is well documented, but Sauma finds some interesting things to say about it in her debut novel... Sauma convincingly evokes the cacophony of Rio. Moving... it offers an indelible glimpses into Brazil's stratified society

    Sunday Times
  • A vivid debut novel

    Radio Times
  • Sauma's excellent prose is thoroughly consuming, bouncing between continents and eras to create a complicated tale of class, ancestry, and love in which happy endings are difficult to find but hope remains.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • A sensuous, achingly poignant and beautifully observed exploration of both adolescence and a midlife crisis.

    Yvette Huddleston, Yorkshire Post

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