The Weight of WaterSarah Crossan
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Poignant, powerful, just perfect Cathy Cassidy Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion Sunday Times 'Book of the Week' This poetic novel is sheer perfection - for adults as well as for teenagers. Being in Kasienka's head, the reader gains a new understanding of how alienation feels. I loved it Irish Examiner This is a unique and compelling read with sharp observations of human behaviour as Kasienka goes on a journey of discovery, encountering bullying and first love while trying to fit into a new life. Written in a unique poetic style that is at times humorous and often deeply moving The Bookseller, 'Bookseller's Choice' You've entered the young Polish girl's voice with a heartfelt conviction. I felt like I was watching a movie of her life in present time and at the same sharing in what's happening inside her head. What I especially like is that nothing is overstated, but there are so many pregnant issues there - prejudice, migration, language bias - but what's so disarming and charming is the way the girl reveals her inner self with a poetic and resonant simplicity John Agard
Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2013.