Slow River

Author: 
Nicola Griffith
Blurb: 
Born into a bioengineering family made wealthy by cleaning up after humanity, Lore leads a life of privilege and power. Riches don't bring happiness, though, and the van de Oest family hides its share of dark secrets. Lore is kidnapped, but escapes from her captors when she realizes her family isn't going to pay the ransom. Naked, alone, and wounded, she is saved by the brutally street-smart Spanner, who teaches Lore to survive by exploiting the Net (and human) weaknesses. To learn to trust, though, Lore must face her demons, one by one, until she can begin again.
A woman's face, underwater, breathing bubbles. The woman looks white and is wearing lipstick. The colours are stylised, with her face tinged red and the water a rippling blue.
Representation
Some information on the characters in the book.
Female protagonist: 
Yes
Protagonist of Colour: 
No
Queer relationship: 
Yes
LBGT protagonist: 
Lesbian
Disabled protagonist: 
No
Publication
Some basic information about when and where the book was published.
Publishing date: 
1995
ISBN: 
0345395379
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
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Comments

... and yet I still think it's a good book. Maybe it's because the author writes about those things with understanding; there's no gaslighting feel while reading it. The back of the book (and the description above) tells you that it's going to be a traumatic book and I didn't go into it with false expectations.

This is a book about a traumatised woman fighting her way out of that trauma, but it's also about gardening, water filtration plants, a near-future dystopia, disaster capitalism and class. And lesbian women. There are men in the book (though I had to rack my brain to check) but the story's allllllll about women.

Also I can't go into exactly what the detail is without more spoilers than I want to give in a comment, but Nicola Griffith - someone who must have spent a good amount of time in lesbian communities - chooses to write about something in those communities which is important to speak about, and she depicts it well.

This one's staying on my shelves - and getting lent out with warnings.

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