Debut Novel by Madelaine Lucas '19 Forthcoming from Tin House

Jessie Shohfi
January 05, 2023

Thirst for Salt, a debut novel from Adjunct Associate Professor Madelaine Lucas ’19, is forthcoming from Tin House in March of this year. 

The novel follows the love affair between a young woman and an older man, Jude, beginning with their first encounter in the water off the shore of a small town in Australia. Adrift in her own life just after graduating college, the narrator soon gives up her part-time job in Sydney, abandoning the city to move in with him. The bliss of new love eventually sours, as suspicious events cause the narrator to begin to question Jude’s character and intentions–finally, she has to make a decision: what matters most to her, and what kind of life does she want?

Associate Professor Leslie Jamison praised the novel, saying, “Thirst for Salt gripped me immediately, with the tender acuity of its voice and the propulsive electricity of the relationship at its core: a love affair so richly and attentively imagined it carries the grace and gravity of memory itself...Every once in a while, a novel enters my life that I know is destined to become part of my bloodstream. Thirst for Salt is one of those novels and I’m so excited to think of it finding its way to readers who will be changed by it.”

Thirst for Salt has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2023 by Nylon and Debutiful. Kirkus has also reviewed the book, saying, “Lucas’ meditation on relationships is masterful...[her] portrayal of love and desire exerts a wonderful pull.”

Thirst for Salt will be released on March 7, 2023, and is available for preorder now.

Madelaine Lucas is a senior editor of the literary annual NOON, and teaches creative writing to adults and young people at Columbia University, Catapult, and elsewhere. Her essays and interviews have appeared in publications such as Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Literary Hub, Catapult, The Lifted Brow and Meanjin, and her fiction has been awarded the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and the Overland/Victoria University Emerging Writer’s Prize. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her dog, Pancho.