Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Polari Book Prize, established to promote writing that explores the LGBTQ+ experience.
Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from Julia Armfield, the critically acclaimed author of the short story collection Salt Slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep deep sea.
Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep-sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah is not the same. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has brought part of it back with her, onto dry land and into their home.
Moving through something that only resembles normal life, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had before might be gone. Though Leah is still there, Miri can feel the woman she loves slipping from her grasp.