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- Narrated by: Amy Rutherford
- Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy coastal town. Mired in her grief, Mara's first few days are spent alone, surviving on what scraps of food she can find and swimming at night in the ocean. When her money runs out and the tourist season comes to a close, Mara finds a job in a local wine store and meets its owner, Simon, a man whose loneliness she immediately recognises as a mirror to her own. As Mara dances around her growing attraction to Simon, she is forced to reckon with both her present desires and her past errors, and with the compulsion she feels to both make and unmake herself.
Tides is a spare, visceral portrait of a woman nearly pulled under by loss and desire. It is an unforgettable introduction to a debut writer of uncommon literary power.
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- Carla Maria
An accurate and detailed portrayal of trauma, cycles, loss and repetition
I found this story to be an insightful and empathetic journey alongside Mara, the traumatised protagonist. I feel like I’ve been washed up with her somehow.
Some have criticised the sometimes choppy narrative, however I find that Freeman does a fantastic job of capturing, sometimes with clinical precision, the viewpoint of someone suffering from dissociation, going into acute awareness, then back into the past, etc.
Amy Rutherford’s narration is perfect, you can hear the palpable relief when Mara is shown even the smallest amount of kindness or warmth by the other characters as she tries to disappear into a new life.
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