About the book: The twelve short stories and novella in SaltWater are set from 1918 to 2018, a period during which sea travel gradually became less common except for pleasure, and for most people, most of the time, the sea became less of a threat. Until climate change began to have an impact.


“Ashfeldt’s stories are love stories to disparate coastal landscapes; the language she uses to describe them is the language of love, the grá she has for the sea.” Necessary Fiction

Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize long listed. Edge Hill Short Story Prize long listed.

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“A perfect book to dip in and out of during lazy days on the beach” Coast Magazine

“These are highly imaginative, fast-moving stories, with satisfying endings. Lane Ashfeldt is definitely a name to watch.” The Irish Examiner

“A book which serves notice of a fresh and original talent. One that we will surely be seeing more of in the years to come” Wales Arts Review

“An impressive debut collection… both geographically and imaginatively fluid” The Incubator Journal

“The sea shimmers through SaltWater, as threatening and beautiful as many of the characters who walk the pages. A gorgeous collection by a bright talent.” Nuala O’Connor

Also available from the publisher Liberties Press in Ireland. The ebook or hard copy for delivery worldwide from Amazon, and other sellers such as The Book Depository.

4 thoughts on “SaltWater

  1. M.M. O' Toole says:

    Congratulations on your inclusion on the Frank O’Connor Longlist. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you when they announce. Congrats again.

  2. This looks wonderful – I can’t wait to read it! x

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