The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, a novel by Katya Apekina

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a novel by
Katya Apekina


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ABOUT

“Apekina’s inventiveness with structure and sentence marks the book’s every page, and the result is a propulsive and electrifying look at how family—and art—can both break people and put them back together again.  A dark and unforgettable first book.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Synopsis
It’s 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, puddle of urine on the floor, barely alive. Upstairs, 14-year-old Mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother’s dark moods. After Marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, Dennis, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success.

The girls, grieving and homesick, are at first wary of their father’s affection, but soon Mae and Edie’s close relationship begins to fall apart—Edie remains fiercely loyal to Marianne, convinced that Dennis is responsible for her mother’s downfall, while Mae, suffocated by her striking resemblances to her mother, feels pulled toward their father. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne’s romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further.

Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves. In this captivating debut, Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.

events

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:30pm
BOOK LAUNCH!

Skylight Books (1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) hosts Katya Apekina as she reads from her debut novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish.


Sunday, September 23, 2018, 4pm
The Bindery (1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, California 94117) hosts a special afternoon of readings from new books by Katya Apekina (The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish), Bryan Hurt (Everyone Wants to be Ambassador to France), and Lisa Locascio (Open Me). This is an all ages event. The bar opens with the store at 2, event begins at 4pm. RSVP appreciated but not required.

Reviews

“Apekina’s inventiveness with structure and sentence marks the book’s every page, and the result is a propulsive and electrifying look at how family—and art—can both break people and put them back together again.  A dark and unforgettable first book.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A story about love and ownership, connection and obsession, this debut novel dives deep into family dynamics."
Bustle '11 Most Anticipated Books Published By Indie Presses To Have On Your Radar In 2018'

A novel examines the fraught relationship between artist and muse."
Publishers Weekly 'Writers to Watch Fall 2018: Anticipated Debuts'

"Apekina’s debut novel plays with tricky family relationships and the way fact and fantasy, loyalty and obsession, can be so difficult to tease apart."
The Millions 'Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview'

"Ambitious... a confident, piercing novel."
Publishers Weekly

"The dysfunctional family drama has been done and again but not like this. Katya Apekina's debut novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is a stunning tour de force that tells the story of sisters Edith and Mae, who in the aftermath of their mother's suicide attempt are sent to live with their absentee father, a famed novelist, in New York. From there, personal histories intertwine with the present dropping hints and clues that build up to a torrential climax. The deeper it goes, the uglier it gets."
Steve Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop La Grange

"Katya Apekina is a writer of great intelligence, both intellectual and emotional; the evidence of which is abundantly clear in her powerful debut novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish.”
Zachary Lazar, author of Sway and I Pity the Poor Immigrant

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish begins with a reunion between two sisters and their estranged artist father. An unlikely intimacy grows out of this unusual situation, and we're shuttled into a strange, beautiful history of this complex, passionate family, a history which involves young love, the Civil Rights movement, and an enduring obsession. I was completely mesmerized by Katya Apekinas thrilling, heartfelt debut. Funny, suspenseful, touching, and totally unexpected, I dare you not to love it as much as I did. Apekina has talent and heart to spare.
Anton DiSclafani, National Bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is an engrossing debut—Apekina’s brilliant story of a family in crisis is a remarkable feat of empathy and insight, guided by unpredictable, propulsive storytelling. I was increasingly and helplessly hooked. I can’t believe this remarkable tour de force is a first novel.” 
—J. Ryan Stradal, author of the New York Times Bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Author

Katya Apekina author image small

Katya Apekina has had stories published in The Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review, West Branch, Joyland, PANK and elsewhere, and has appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She translated poetry and prose for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film New Orleans, Mon Amour, which premiered at SXSW in 2008. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

Sneak Peek

Enjoy a sneak peek of select pages from The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish! (Use the full screen” option at bottom right to enlarge the pages):

Info

FORMAT: Paperback
LIST PRICE: $16.99
PAGES: 353
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-937512-75-0
DIGITAL ISBN: 9781937512767
RELEASE DATE: 9/18/2018
SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"

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