Flesh and Bone and Water by @luizasauma

Brazilian-born doctor André Cabral is living in London when one day he receives a letter from his home country, which he left nearly thirty years ago. A letter he keeps in his pocket for weeks but tells no one about.

The letter prompts André to remember the days of his youth – torrid afternoons on Ipanema beach with his listless teenage friends, parties in elegant Rio apartments, his after-school job at his father’s plastic surgery practice – and, above all, his secret infatuation with the daughter of his family’s maid, the intoxicating Luana. Unable to resist the pull of the letter, André embarks on a journey back to Brazil to rediscover his past.


A few weeks ago, I looked you up online for the first time.



(@PenguinUKBooks, 5 April 2018, paperback, 240 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib)




This is a reread. I got a copy from NetGalley but remember very little about the book. I didn’t realise I’d already read it when I picked it up so decided to revisit the book. I read my original review and I enjoyed Flesh and Bone and Water a bit more the second time around. There are things that made a huge impact on my second read through that I can’t remember from the first time I read the book such as the truth about the bond between André and Luana, a pretty huge plot point that I don’t remember. That’s the fun of re-reading, I guess, even when it’s a beloved book I’ve read many times I always spot different things. This is a short book and I read it quickly because I was so engrossed.

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