Our Wives Under the Sea

Our Wives Under the Sea

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Author: Julia Armfield

Publisher: Picador

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I was very impressed with the structure of this novel. The narrative splits between two wives, Leah and Miri. Leah has returned from a deep sea mission in a submarine where something has gone badly wrong, her story is concerned with what happened in the submarine, how it sank and they lost control and how her and her colleague coped. When we hear from Miri it is about how Leah has returned changed in some, hard to pin down, sort of way. The keystone of the novel is the mystery of what happened to Leah in the depths of the ocean and both women’s stories move out in different directions from that point.