Liv Little, the founder of gal-dem magazine, has released her “gritty and strikingly bold” debut novel, Rosewater.
The book follows Elsie, a queer, “sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman living in South London” who, at the age of 28, is “tired”.
“Though she spends her days writing tender poetry in her journal, her nights are spent working long hours for minimum wage at a neighbourhood gay bar,” the book’s blurb continues.
Rosewater is said to be a story of discovering love where it has always been, which is a theme likely to be explored through the character’s relationship with her estranged family and frustration with not making money doing what she loves most – writing.
“But Elsie is determined to keep the faith, for a little longer at least. Things will surely turn around. They have to,” the description continues.
“As she tries to breathe through the panic attacks, sleeping with her hot and spirited co-worker Bea isn’t exactly straightforward and offers Elsie just another place to hide.
“As Elsie tries to reconnect with her best friend Juliet, her fragile world spirals out of control. Can Elsie steady herself and not fall through the cracks?”
Subtle social commentary and unforgettable characters combine in Liv Little's daring debut, Rosewater. She popped into @WaterstonesPicc to tell us more and to share three books that have inspired her own writing.
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Since its release on 20 April, the book has been met with positive reviews from critics, with Charlie Brinkurst-Cuff of Black Joy saying they “raced through it in 24 hours”.
Symeon Brown, author of Get Rich or Lie Trying, described Rosewater as “a modern Black British love story that will become a future classic.”
Prior to the release of Rosewater, Little founded the pioneering media company gal-dem, a print and digital platform for women and non-binary people of colour that announced its closure in March of this year.
Rosewater is out now and can be purchased here.