Rosewater

Liv Little

Bold and beautiful. The perfect inaugural title for Get Lifted Books. We are so excited to introduce Liv’s bracing contemporary voice to the world.

- John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius, Get Lifted Books

A TODAY and LGBTQ Reads Most Anticipated Book of 2023 • A Goodreads Buzziest Debut Novel of the New Year • An Electric Lit Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of Spring 2023

For fans of Queenie and Such a Fun Age comes a deliciously gritty and strikingly bold debut novel about discovering love where it has always been. 

ISBN

9781638930228

Language

English

Page count

304

Edition

Hardcover

Sale date

April 25, 2023

Dimensions

5.5 x 8.25

About the Book

Elsie is a sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman in South London. But, at just 28, she is also tired. Though she spends her days writing tender poetry in her journal, her nights are spent working long hours for minimum wage at a neighborhood dive bar. Not even sleeping with her alluring coworker, Bea, can quell her existential dread. The difficulty of being estranged from her family, struggle of being continually rejected from jobs, and fear of never making money doing what she loves, is too great. But Elsie is determined to keep the faith, for a little longer at least. Things will surely turn around. They have to. 


But when Elsie is suddenly evicted from her social housing, her fragile foundations threaten to collapse entirely. With nowhere left to go, Elsie turns to her childhood friend, Juliet, for help. 

 

Among Juliet’s mismatched cushions and shelves lined with trinkets, Elsie is able to breathe for the first time in years. But between their reruns of Drag Race and nights smoking on the balcony, something else soon begins to glimmer in Elsie’s heart . . . 

 

Sometimes what you’ve been searching for has been there all along. Can Elsie see it in time? 

 

Featuring the incredible poetry of Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Rosewater is a story of intergenerational love, healing, and one woman’s journey home. A remarkable debut by an exciting new talent, readers are sure to be enchanted by Liv Little’s distinctive and captivating contemporary voice. 

Reviews

A wonderfully fresh, zesty and sexy debut novelist who is putting Black queer lives, loves and longings center stage, where they belong.

- Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Rosewater is sensuous, urgent, and pulsating with youth—embracing all of its messiness, discovery and boundless capacity for love. Little’s London pulls no punches—and Elsie’s journey will make you by turns scream and laugh—but the joy of this novel is watching Elsie discover-page by page and poem by poem—that not only will she not break, she is by no means alone.

- Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming

Little gifts us with a novel that tells of the love, courage, grace and power of a connection and a softness that propels us through the messy, harsh realities of life and self-discovery—to know yourself through the love that knows you. Elsie is loveable and frustrating and swaggering and vulnerable, a wonderful protagonist. Frank, sexy, and so tender. Little’s pen shines.

- Bolu Babalola, bestselling author of Honey and Spice and Love in Color

Liv Little’s Rosewater is the book we’ve all been longing to read. It’s tender, soulful, and sexy, and once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. Liv’s unique and lyrical voice tells a story that breaks your heart before putting it back together again, and Elsie, unapologetic in her Blackness, queerness, and everything in between, is a young woman many will be able to relate to. A jewel of a debut novel. Brava, Liv!

- Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair and Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes

Rosewater is funny, witty, messy, and beautifully queer… A story that seeps into you the way warm sunshine does at the final edges of winter.

- Nicole Dennis-Benn, bestselling author of Patsy and Here Comes the Sun

Rosewater is sexy, alive, and modern—a perfectly-formed romance that burns hot and deliciously slow. Liv Little has captured the fullness of love as it shines most brightly—in the hidden corners of the heart and the hard-won spaces where truth finally meets freedom. This book is a must-read and a captivating delight.

- Jayne Allen, bestselling author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

At turns tender and tenacious, punchy and profound, Rosewater is an unforgettable London love story from an effervescent and irresistible new voice.

- Coco Mellors, author of Cleopatra and Frankenstein

In this thrilling book, Liv Little charts us through the fast-paced life of Elsie, trying to find stability when everything under her is falling apart. Elsie is a charmer—girls fall in love with her wherever she goes, and yet she tries to stay as emotionally detached as she can, until she realizes that love has been staring her in the face this whole time. This book feels like my friends; it’s close in a way that feels honest to people that we all know and love—poets, camgirls, waitresses and bartenders all trying to find a place where they can live, love, and fuck freely.

- Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come for Us

Sharply observed yet tender at the same time, Rosewater explores the meaning of home, exposing its fragility and its tenacity as Little’s characters fight to find their place in the world.

- Gwen E. Kirby, author of Shit Cassandra Saw

A gritty, heartfelt, no holds barred look at life and love in present-day London.

- Andrea Lee, author of Red Island House

Bold and beautiful. The perfect inaugural title for Get Lifted Books. We are so excited to introduce Liv’s bracing contemporary voice to the world.

- Mike Jackson, John Legend, and Ty Stiklorius

Sensuous.

- Electric Lit

A gritty coming-of-age Black British story of love and loss . . . Impossible to put down, Rosewater paints a captivating portrait of South London.

- Elle (UK)

Full of energy, wit and excitement, this is a book to watch.

- Stylist (UK)

A paeon to a queer love affair that’s sexy, complex and romantic.

- Evening Standard (UK)