Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Billie's chair screeches and she begins to pick up bits of a jar with a careful thumb and forefinger.

It should be a time to comfort each other, but there's always been a distance to their relationship. This is a tender story about families and how you need them to cope through some of the worse possible times of your lives. For me, the highlights of this book were the Paris location and the friends and family who surround Billie and Tom - they brought joy and lightness where there wasn’t much.A slow burn portrayal of how families can pull us apart but also how two siblings can find their way back to each other and to themselves. I agree with one reviewer who said that the author is a 'human story- teller' but disagree that she is 'hilarious' as I didn't find much humour in the book. We learn, for instance, that when Queen Elizabeth II died, the state trumpeters were on a plane to Canada and the bearer party was in Iraq. The novel is a serious and very accomplished examination of what it means to love and grieve for someone who might seem unlovable.

One of the remarkable things about Deep Down is how finely attuned it is to the way grief is intimately tangled up with ridiculousness. There is a LOT of description of movement from one place to another, which I find absolutely exhausting as a reader. She was shortlisted for the Portobello Prize 2017 and shortlisted for the FT/Bodley Head Essay Prize 2018.

It should be a time to comfort each other, but there’s always been a distance to their relationship. When Billie stays in Tom’s cramped garret, he recognises that she “sleeps as she always has, on her front, arms pinned behind her and her face squashed up by the pillow like someone being punched”.

Millenials philosophising about mundane things while roaming around the streets of Paris and surviving on bread and water. West-Knights is also skilful in her depiction of domestic abuse, rarely showing it directly; the potential for an outburst, and the way the children learn to recognise the warning signs, is more chilling than any description of a punch thrown. Attention is directed to the complicated tenderness and shared history between them, existing regardless of an intractable awkwardness. Funny, moving and unexpected, DEEP DOWN is an empathetic and hard-hitting look at both the struggles and the joys of sibling relationships, and the realities of grieving the loss of someone who was already an absence.I couldn't believe this was a debut novel, it certainly pulled at my heart strings and bought reality back to life.



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