The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

by Katya Apekina

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ISBN-13: 9781937512750
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 353
Sales rank: 144,805
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Katya Apekina is the author of the novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish. She has had stories published in The Iowa Review , Santa Monica Review , West Branch , Joyland , PANK and elsewhere, and has appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She translated poetry and prose for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film New Orleans, Mon Amour , starring Elisabeth Moss, which premiered at SXSW in 2008. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Find out more here: apekina.com
Twitter: @katyaapekina
Instagram: @katyaapekina

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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is an engrossing debut—Apekina's brilliant story of a family in crisis is a remarkable feat of empathy and insight, guided by unpredictable, propulsive storytelling. I was increasingly and helplessly hooked. I can't believe this remarkable tour de force is a first novel.”
—J. Ryan Stradal, author of the New York Times Bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest

"I've come to expect work of a certain psychological depth from scrappy, Ohio-based publisher Two Dollar Radio, and Katya Apekina's The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish delivers the goods... Told polyphonically by an ensemble cast of characters, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish explores the vast disparities between separate perspectives and the moral implications of the artist/muse relationship. [Bookseller] Katharine was captivated by this accomplished debut."
—Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, 'NEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018'

Reading Group Guide

Book Club and Reader Guide: Questions and Topics for Discussion
1. What was the effect for you of hearing this story from multiple points of view? How was it different than if it was all told by one person? Or by a narrator?

2. Are there any voices you believe more than others? Any voices you distrust? Were there moments when suddenly your allegiance to certain characters shifted? Why?

3. Do you believe that in life there is an objective truth? Or multiple truths? Are some truths more valid than others?

4. Turn to the person on your right and whisper a lie about yourself in their ear, something that isn’t true but maybe you wish was.

5. Is there something universal about the blurry boundaries in mother/daughter relationships? Do you have siblings? If so, are your relationships with your parents different? Do you ever feel like you grew up in different houses?

6. Turn to the person on your left and whisper a family secret in their ear. It should feel true, but it doesn’t have to be factually true.

7. Roadtrip! Have you ever been on one? Did it feel like this one? Did it make you feel free?

8. Do you feel that artists, to make great art, are above the regular moral code? If an artist makes something that will last for centuries is it okay if in their personal life they were a monster? Would you read them anyway? Is art separate from the person who made it? Do the ends justify the means?

9. Do you think Rivka is right when she says: “Art is not a shield. It’s a knife. You have to bleed!”?

10. Draw a picture of your favorite moment in the book. Feel free to email it to the author: katya (dot) apekina (at) gmail (dot) com

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