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Hornblower Group Library Hotlist Fall 2023

By (author): Aley Waterman
Aley Waterman


Rare Machines - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 19, 2023
$24.99 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 280 gr

Page Count:

232 pages
Dundurn Press
Rare Machines
FICTION / LGBTQ+ / General
Modern and contemporary fiction: general and literary|Relating to LGBTQ+ people
Newfoundland & Labrador
“A gorgeous depiction of the tender, painful stretching required to love well and expansively, to recast our ideas of romance and family.” — Aimee Wall, author of We, Jane

In the year following her mother’s death, Sophie navigates a complicated love triangle between a new flame and a past partner.

It’s the west end of Toronto, the apartments are small, and everybody is twenty-seven and making some kind of art. In the wake of her mother’s death, Sophie pays rent by making stained glass mosaics for rich people and plays house with her childhood friend and sometimes-lover, the beautiful boy Alex. Both are from Newfoundland but move easily in this world of crowded patios and DIY movie shoots.

When Sophie meets the glamorous poet Maggie, who is the downtown product of a hundred cool queer bars, she falls into a bewildered infatuation, but secrets emerge that threaten to crumble the foundation of her relationship with Alex and Maggie both.


  • A debut novel following Sophie from Newfoundland to Toronto, where she explores relationships with her childhood crush, Alex, and new lover, Maggie
  • Like Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Eva Crocker’s All I Ask, Mudflowers takes us into the hypersensitive musings of a young woman on the cusp of finding her place in the world
  • Author is a writer and musician from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where she lives now after stints in Toronto and St. John’s — she currently teaches at Grenfell University and makes stained glass art

Aley Waterman is a writer and musician who completed her M.A. in creative writing at the University of Toronto. Her writing has appeared in Bad Nudes, the Hart House Review, Vault Zine, Riddle Fence, and the Trampoline Hall podcast. Aley lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

  • Advance review copies, mailed to bookstores, media and influencers
  • Trade and wholesaler advertising: Publishers Weekly, Montreal Review of Books, The Grind
  • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
  • Author appearance: Atlantic Book Fair
  • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
  • Social media campaign and online advertising
  • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
  • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
  • Goodreads giveaways
  • Author Instagram: @aleywat
  • Book hashtag: #Mudflowers

For more information contact
Alyssa Boyden, [email protected]

Pulsing with dazzling and unexpected observations on selfhood, grief, and art-making, Mudflowers is an exhilarating meditation on the boundlessness of desire and the relentless possibility of youth. - Cassidy McFadzean, poet and author of Drolleries

Mudflowers is a gorgeous depiction of the tender, painful stretching required to love well and expansively, to recast our ideas of romance and family. There is something almost psychedelic in how vividly Waterman renders Sophie’s inner world, her grief and her confusion and her fervent searching. I loved this funny, wise, moving book. - Aimee Wall, author of We, Jane

An ode to those who have lost and found their way in the big, irresistible, and labyrinthine smoke that is Toronto, Mudflowers weaves together a motley of contradictions, a remarkable patience with the steep learning curves of one’s late twenties, and a surefooted commandeering of a moment foregone. Waterman’s Sophie persuades the stumbling newcomer to keep stumbling in this graceful novel devoted to weirdo zeal and the perennial gifts of family. - Cody Caetano, author of Half-Bads in White Regalia

Aley Waterman is a writer who is awake and attentive to the weathers of the heart. Mudflowers is subtly activated by grief and the ways that losing a parent can build a world anew. - Claire Foster, literary translator and bookseller

Waterman's debut novel has dark moments, but there is levity, too. Sophie’s humor is reminiscent of the protagonist's in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot as is her constant stream of philosophical questions and analysis, her musings on love, big feelings, and death. - Booklist

Thought-provoking, expansive, and raw ... Aley Waterman's sensitive first novel, Mudflowers, follows a young woman exploring intimacy, biological and built families, and art. - Shelf Awareness

Waterman's debut is a really cogent depiction of grief, intimacies of all sorts, and the complexities of human connection. This book is intimate and true and heartfelt and moving. And it's written in sincerely beautiful prose. A wonderful book of learning how to love differently and anew. - Mira, bookseller, A Room of One's Own

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