“Fresh, effortless and compelling. I don’t usually read short stories preferring to ‘live’ with characters for a longer time. However, I couldn’t put this book down, attracted to it perhaps because I live on the coast and I did have the satisfaction of staying with one character throughout – the sea in all its beauty and savagery”  Amazon reader review

“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. However, she also has an intrinsic feeling for rhythm and tension and pacing… It is the steady shiver of dread which permeates SaltWater that gives the collection its edge. Necessary Fiction

“The sea is something of which we usually see only the surface, and the more I thought about these stories the more I saw the way the sea is portrayed in them as acting as a metaphor for our human relationships, of how we struggle with uncertainty and the unknown, but carry on somehow.” The Short Review 

“A rock concert ends in tragedy; there’s a drowning at sea; a man is buried in rubble under a cinema. From Haiti to New Zealand, from Greece to Cape Clear. From early in the twenties century to the present, this diverse collection of fast paced and gentler stories are all linked by the sea. The verdict: Wonderful stories by an instinctive writer. Vivid, sensuous and simply bursting with vitality”  Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner

“COAST BOOK OF THE MONTH:  SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt.
For the August issue the team chose Lane Ashfeldt’s SaltWater, a debut collection of beautifully written, award-winning short stories from coastal areas around the world. A perfect book to dip in and out of during lazy days on the beach this summer” Coast Magazine August 2014


“A superb collection of powerful and evocative stories, beautifully crafted”  Amazon reader review

As a collection, SaltWater is a deeply evocative, deeply impressive début.” John Lavin, Wales Arts Review

“Raw and elegant.” Bookmunch

“Tension runs like a fine seam through the lives of her characters, who are connected to and bound by the vicissitudes of her most dominant character–the sea.”  June Considine in  

“A gorgeous collection by a bright talent.” Nuala Ní Chonchúir


“A pearl of a book full of beautiful short stories.” — fiction editor of The View From Here, Kate Brown

“Fresh, powerful and natural”  Alice Walsh, writer and founding editor of  The Bohemyth

“Lane Ashfeldt’s ‘Sound Waves’ [is] a model of the form.” WalesArts Review 

SaltWater made me homesick for West Cork, for the times I would kayak and sail around Roaringwater Bay, and the rest of it.” Clem CairnsFish Publishing

“A damn fine collection that you should read.” Sara Crowley, writer, bookseller, blogger 

(Interview) Evening Echo, Cork

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“Salty tale from an award-winning author” Southsider, Dublin


A must-have this summer – the Irish Times’ Gloss magazine



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