Sarah Anderson is in deep grieving for her husband Charles. Two years after his unexpected death, she finds it difficult to carry out even her daily tasks. One night she attempts suicide by drowning in the sea.
Once in the water, though, she is pulled into an underwater world. In this world, life is different. When she reemerges, she can’t decide whether or not what happened was a dream.
It’s really difficult for me to review this book, because I’m not entirely sure that I “got” it. The writing is absolutely beautiful, there’s no doubt about that, but the underwater world didn’t make any sense to me. I couldn’t tell if the story was about Sarah going crazy, being willing to face death, or learning how to move on, and the ending didn’t really answer any of that for me.
One thing I did really enjoy was Sarah’s assessments of the Australian people and culture. While I’ve never been to Australia, it was a huge culture shock for me to live with Australians when I was in Japan, and I found many of her observations, unsurprisingly for the amount of time she was there, spot on.
All in all, it was an enjoyable and fairly quick read, I just didn’t really understand it.