• Tides

    by Sara Freeman
    Price $26.00
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February 10, 2022

Sara Freeman

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and GrubStreet welcome award-winning writer SARA FREEMAN for a discussion of her debut novel, Tides. She will be joined in conversation by EMMA CLINE, the acclaimed, bestselling author The Girls.


After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy seaside town with a dead cellphone and barely any money. Mired in her grief, Mara detaches from the outside world and spends her days of self-imposed exile scrounging for food and swimming in the night ocean. In her state of emotional extremis, the sea at the town's edge is rendered bleak, luminous, implacable.

As her money runs out and tourist season comes to a close, Mara finds a job at the local wine store. There, she meets Simon, the shop's soft-spoken, lonely owner. Confronted with the possibility of connection with Simon and the slow return of her desires and appetites, the reasons for her flight begin to emerge.

Reminiscent of works by Rachel Cusk, Jenny Offill, and Marguerite Duras, Tides is a spare, visceral debut novel about the nature of selfhood, intimacy, and the private narratives that shape our lives. A shattering and unforgettable debut.

About Author(s)

Sara Freeman is a Montreal-born writer currently based out of Boston. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in Fiction in 2013. At Columbia, she won the Henfield Prize for the best piece of short fiction by a graduate student. Her work has previously been published in a number of literary magazines.

Emma Cline is the author of The Girls and the winner of the Plimpton Prize. Her story collection Daddy was published in 2020. The Girls was an international bestseller and a finalist for a National Book Critic's Circle Award, the First Novel Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Cline was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.