Water Statues


Written in 1980 but just translated from Italian into English this year (!!), The Water Statues is an early work from Fleur Jaggy, as intricate and unknowable as readers have come to know and love from her oeuvre. Straying from literary convention — at points the text flows into a play — this dreamlike novel follows the children of a wealthy, unusual man who keeps strange statues in his flooded basement. Sound weird? It wouldn’t be the exceptional Jaggy if it wasn’t! -Evelyn Maguire