My debut novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is published in the UK (Viking/Penguin), USA and Canada (Scribner); Germany (as Luana, Hoffmann und Campe); the Netherlands (as Heimwee, Ambo Anthos); and Sweden (as Kött och ben och vatten, Modernista).
'Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work. Her ability to cut across time and continents and to inhabit the physical and inner life of both a young Brazilian and that same man in middle-age is as dazzling as the novel's plot. The reveal, when it comes, is astonishing-sensuous, shocking, and completely earned.'
Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife
'[An] arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending... Sauma, whose style manages to be both spare and rich, is clear-eyed about the social and racial divides in Rio.'
Daily Telegraph – 'New year, new voices'
'Brazil is marvellously conjured: full of hot, smoky sunrises and manioc pancakes, chilled coconut milk and “the salty violence of Ipanema.”'
'[A] remarkable debut... It’s a wonderful evocation of a privileged Ipanema beach childhood, a searing critique of a deeply divided society ... with its intoxicating combination of tropical heat and overpowering passions'.
Mariella Frostrup, Radio Times
'I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heartbreaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.'
Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
'Sauma’s excellent prose is thoroughly consuming, bouncing between continents and eras to create a complicated tale of class, ancestry, and love in which happy endings are difficult to find but hope remains.'
'[A] quiet, inwardly focused, fast-moving, and well-plotted debut... Brazilian-born Sauma depicts her and her protagonist's vast, beguiling homeland with sweltering realism.'
'[An] indelible glimpse into Brazil’s stratified society.'
'Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come.'
Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room
'Sauma's writing is sensual and evocative. Flesh and Bone and Water is a powerful depiction of sexual attraction and long lost loves; a haunting weave of Rio, the Amazon and present-day London.'
Ardashir Vakil, author of Beach Boy
'Luiza Sauma's first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is lush and evocative. The secret at the center came as a shocking surprise, and the characters were as haunted as I was. Sip a caipirinha and enjoy.'
Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain
BBC Radio 4 – Open Book interview with Mariella Frostrup
Folha de S.Paulo interview (in Portuguese)