I was a bit uncertain about reading this book to begin with - I thought it would be quite focused on nature and, after a failed attempt, I have learned that I am not good with anything focused on nature. But the beautiful cover kept seducing me and when my colleague offered me a finished copy left over from a mailing, I just couldn't say no.
Saltwater is a very autobiographical novel about a young woman who grows up working class in Sunderland, moves to London for uni and tries to fit in and then, after her grandfather dies, moves to Ireland because she feels purposeless. From what I've read about Jessica Andrews, it certainly does feel very much based on her life! She's a very talented writer and I'm already excited to see what she does next - although the Sally Rooney comparisons have inevitably poured in, they're definitely valid, and I'm really sad I wasn't been able to see her at an event when I was in London! I loved her descriptions of London and the way she conjured up the protagonist Lucy's interest in music and that very late 2000s ethos, and the structure was really interesting and compelling. Altogether I really enjoyed reading this book - I feel like there was something missing to make it a new favourite, but she is definitely one to watch!