Oil on Water is the story of a young, creative, and successful couple, Max and Anna, who are living happy and fulfilled lives – both doing what believe they were born to do – until the day Max hears a voice underwater while he is swimming. As Max starts experiencing more and more strange ‘phenomena’ it leads to his emotional withdrawal from Anna and the life they have shared. The change in Max is mirrored in the unraveling of Anna as she goes from contentment to utter hopelessness in the face of this incomprehensible change. Oil on Water is an intriguing exploration of life and art, loss and unconditional love, mental disorder and the search for meaning.
Elle gives an overview of the book:
Elle Matthews was born in South Africa on August 11th, 1966. She attended school at Iona Convent in Pretoria, and studied psychology at the University of Cape Town. After graduating, she lectured English at Medical University of South Africa and worked at a number of children...