Luiza was born in Rio de Janeiro and grew up in London, where she still lives.
She is the author of two novels, Everything You Ever Wanted (2019) and Flesh and Bone and Water (2017) – both published by Viking, and translated into various other languages.
Luiza was a journalist at the Independent on Sunday for several years, and has also written for the Guardian, the Telegraph, the i, Five Dials etc. She has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award.
Everything You Ever Wanted
Published by Viking/Penguin
Shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award
Recommended by Florence Welch's book club, Between Two Books
‘Tinged with melancholy and yearning, this novel is wry and frequently beautiful, and its culmination is surprising and deeply moving.’
Rachel Seiffert, Guardian
‘Filled with sharp observations about the way in which we live now … a haunting examination of depression and anxiety rendered in diamond-sharp prose with barely a wasted word.’
The i Paper
‘Sauma has the horrors of the workplace nailed with satirical precision’
‘captures so excellently the low-level anxiety that hums through everyday life’
‘Beautifully written … Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life’
‘Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny’
‘Sauma skewers the falsities and disappointments of contemporary life and work with rare sensitivity. I loved it.’
‘Everything You Ever Wanted is so sharp-eyed about our hidden hopes and tiny hypocrisies. I'd follow Sauma's voice down any wormhole.’
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Flesh and Bone and Water
Published by Viking/Penguin (UK) and Scribner (USA)
'Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work.'
'An arresting debut about memory and trauma... Sauma, whose style manages to be both spare and rich, is clear-eyed about the social and racial divides in Rio.'
Daily Telegraph – 'New year, new voices'
'Brazil is marvellously conjured: full of hot, smoky sunrises and manioc pancakes, chilled coconut milk and “the salty violence of Ipanema.”'
'A remarkable debut'
'I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heartbreaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.'
'Sauma’s excellent prose is thoroughly consuming, bouncing between continents and eras to create a complicated tale of class, ancestry, and love in which happy endings are difficult to find but hope remains.'
My literary agent is Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander Associates.
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