Tides by Sara Freeman: A beautifully observed debut

Book review: One woman’s attempts to retrieve herself after loss

Sara Freeman’s prose is taut and illuminating

Sara Freeman’s prose is taut and illuminating

“Her brother told her once, not so long ago, sitting on the edge of her bed, gesturing around himself: This, here, is reality. Everyone lives here but you.”

The protagonist of Sara Freeman’s mercurial debut novel is initially unnamed, a mystery to herself as well as to the reader. The story of who this woman is, and how she came to lose herself, unfolds in short, spare snippets, each one containing a notable phrase, a point of interest. Freeman’s prose is taut and illuminating, a style that manages to be both detached and emotionally devastating.

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