The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan was sent to me by her publisher, Bloomsbury, to review. I opened it at my desk at work and began reading. And carried on until I got to the end. Fortunately, it’s a short book and I read all the way through my lunch hour. I was completely enthralled by it and drawn into the swirling words.
The Weight of Water is a prose poem about longing and belonging. Kasienka and her mother are from Poland and are struggling to fit in to life in Britain. Kasienka is clever and astute but her new school fails to realise this. Her mother fails to realise the truth about her father. Both are emotionally vulnerable.
Sarah Crossan’s writing is beautiful in this early book. Having read it, I looked out for her succeeding books and read them too. I’d encourage you to do the same.