For forty years, Underwater has remained almost like its title – out of print and under the radar. Always intending to bring the title back to life, Joan Hawkins has now actualised a long-standing wish: the Second Edition of Underwater is here, just in time for the fortieth anniversary of the book.
With its daring prose, its depiction of a particularly bohemian slice of New York life that remains as lively as it was in 1974, Underwater is a great summer read for 2014 – purchase it here from Amazon.com.
The Kindle and multiple e-book formats are coming soon.
Watch this space …
“A novel of greed, love and family. When Helen Reed, a wealthy widow, engages young masseur, David Sweeney, to alleviate the pain of her final days of illness, her brood move in voraciously with other plans.”
Trespass is a fascinating portrait of a family, of a moribund, spirited woman living life to the full for as long as she has it. It’s the tale of a young girl coming of age, of a musician’s fear of failure, an artist’s quest for success and about the financial collapse of a man whose city career has just fallen apart.
Joan Hawkins’ third novel is set in an idyllic New England haven, where a newly-constructed swimming pool in the leafy grounds of Helen’s home becomes a symbol of her independence and of her family’s deepest resentments.
While masseur David Sweeney brings relief and calm to the widow’s pain, the underbelly of Helen Reed’s summer cottage cannot be brushed under the Persian carpet. Its quagmire of misguided dreams, desires and betrayals make truth and beauty as elusive as the ripples across the pool in her yard.
Bailey, a second novel from New York writer Joan Hawkins, was launched on Sunday, September 16 at the Indian Cafe 2791 Broadway.
It was an excellent launch, with a special adaptation of the book performed by the Red Harlem Players.
To see a video captured at the launch click here