Literary Fiction, fiction concerned with emotion, fiction concerned with place.
Three and six month mentoring, Mighty manuscript shakedown.
S.K. Perry's debut novel Let Me Be Like Water was published in the US & the UK this year by Melville House. She has a background in gender equalities community organising, education, and campaigning.
S.K. is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing, funded by the NWCDTP at Manchester Met. Her research concerns itself with depictions of sex in contemporary literary fiction. Sarah is particularly interested in writing that locates itself in the present day, is formally experimental, or attempts to articulate big emotions.
Let Me Be Like Water:
Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a young woman learns how to rebuild her life in this stunningly poignant debut.
Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway... what is supposed to happen next?
The solitude she had so craved leaves her feeling wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to
shift. Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again.
A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.
'A beautiful reflection on love, grief and friendship. Witty and profound.' Fiona Mozley, author of Man Booker shortlisted Elmet
'Intimate, ruthless, tender: this book is like medicine for the soul.' Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop
'Raw, visceral and confident... this is an affecting debut.' The Daily Mail
'A work of both harrowing beauty and exquisite gentleness, which several times moved me to tears; a profound, tenderly-crafted meditation on grief and the everyday heroism of those who somehow help us heal.' Musa Okwonga, award-winning performance poet.
Read more about Sarah's debut novel Let Me Be Like Water here >>