Open Water

Author(s): Caleb Azumah Nelson

General Fiction

Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them.

Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

At once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it.

With gorgeous, soulful intensity, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the most essential debut of recent years.

'Like the title suggests, Open Water pulls you in with one great swell, and it holds you there closely. A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love' Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of QUEENIE

*Caleb Azumah Nelson is shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020*

Matilda Bookshop Review

Open Water is a tender, pared back, elegantly told story of the slowly unfolding love and desire between two best-friends, one a photographer and one a dancer. Once the lovers finally accept that they are in open water together, their vulnerabilities are exposed. So this is really a story about what it means to be constantly surveilled, judged, and vilified as a Black 'body', and how the intergenerational oppression of this position shapes the heart. Absolutely stunning! Molly


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General Fields

  • : 9780241448779
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Allen Lane
  • : 0.3
  • : September 2020
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  • : books

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  • : 160
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : 2102
  • : Hardback
  • : Caleb Azumah Nelson