For fans of Queenie and Such a Fun Age comes a deliciously gritty and strikingly bold debut novel about discovering love where it has always been.
Elsie is a sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman in south London. But, at just 28, she is also tired. Though she spends her days writing tender poetry in her journal, her nights are spent working long hours for minimum wage at a neighborhood dive bar. Not even sleeping with her alluring coworker, Bea, can quell her existential dread. The difficulty of being estranged from her family, struggle of being continually rejected from jobs, and fear of never making money doing what she loves is too great. But Elsie is determined to keep the faith, for a little longer at least. Things will surely turn around. They have to.
But when Elsie is suddenly evicted from her social housing, her fragile foundations threaten to collapse entirely. With nowhere left to go, Elsie turns to her childhood friend, Juliet, for help.
Among Juliet's mismatched cushions and shelves lined with trinkets, Elsie is able to breathe for the first time in years. But between their reruns of Drag Race and nights smoking on the balcony, something else soon begins to glimmer in Elsie's heart . . . Sometimes what you've been searching for has been there all along. Can Elsie see it in time?
Featuring the incredible poetry of Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Rosewater is a story of intergenerational love, healing, and one woman's journey home. A remarkable debut by an exciting new talent, readers are sure to be enchanted by Liv Little's distinctive and captivating contemporary voice.
"A wonderfully fresh, zesty, and sexy debut novelist who is putting Black queer lives, loves, and longings center stage, where they belong." --Bernadine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other
" Rosewater is sensuous, urgent, and pulsating with youth--embracing all of its messiness, discovery and boundless capacity for love. Little's London pulls no punches--and Elsie's journey will make you by turns scream and laugh--but the joy of this novel is watching Elsie discover-page by page and poem by poem--that not only will she not break, she is by no means alone." --Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming
"Little gifts us with a novel that tells of the love, courage, grace, and power of a connection, and a softness that propels us through the messy, harsh realities of life and self-discovery--to know yourself through the love that knows you. Elsie is lovable and frustrating and swaggering and vulnerable, a wonderful protagonist. Frank, sexy, and so tender. Little's pen shines." --Bolu Babalola, bestselling author of Honey and Spice and Love in Color
"Liv Little's Rosewater is the book we've all been longing to read. It's tender, soulful, and sexy, and once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Liv's unique and lyrical voice tells a story that breaks your heart before putting it back together again, and Elsie, unapologetic in her Blackness, queerness, and everything in between, is a young woman many will be able to relate to. A jewel of a debut novel. Brava, Liv!" --Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair and Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes
" Rosewater is sexy, alive, and modern--a perfectly formed romance that burns hot and deliciously slow. Liv Little has captured the fullness of love as it shines most brightly--in the hidden corners of the heart and the hard-won spaces where truth finally meets freedom. This book is a must-read and a captivating delight." --Jayne Allen, bestselling author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted
" Rosewater is funny, witty, messy, and beautifully queer . . . A story that seeps into you the way warm sunshine does at the final edges of winter." --Nicole Dennis-Benn, bestselling author of Patsy and Here Comes the Sun
"A gritty, heartfelt, no holds barred look at life and love in present-day London." --Andrea Lee, author of Red Island House
"Bold and beautiful. The perfect inaugural title for Get Lifted Books. We are so excited to introduce Liv's bracing contemporary voice to the world." --Mike Jackson, John Legend, and Ty Stiklorius, Founders of Get Lifted Books
Liv Little is a writer of Jamaican and Guyanese descent via South London. She's the founder and former CEO of the award-winning publication gal-dem. Liv tells stories with heart about the people and places that matter to her. Her work spans journalism, audio, TV, and curatorial projects, for which she's received various accolades, including LGBTQI+ Broadcaster of the Year and Rising Star at WOW. Her short story, "The Sisters", was published in the critically acclaimed Hag, a collection of forgotten folktales retold. She was a BBC writer-in-residence for 2021, during which she developed an original pilot for a queer conspiracy thriller. Liv is most at peace in nature, and she now lives by the sea. Rosewater is her debut novel.
- Publisher: Get Lifted Books (April 25, 2023)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- ISBN-10: 1638930228
- ISBN-13: 9781638930228
- Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.78 x 8.25 inches