Through her debut novel Maya Ward cuts a path of discovery, one which takes us to the heart of Melbourne's waterway - the Yarra River. By hiking from the sea to the source of the river, Maya and her friends experience and reimagine the Yarra back into their lives, and back into the society they came from.
Through vivid descriptions of and by narrating stories of all the places they walk through, Maya breathes life and meaning back into the River's world - a world which has been fragmented by human progress and whose significance has been lost to the society which lives around its edges.
The account of each day is as rich with activities and places as those of the nights are replete with sensitive realisations, of fathoming the unobvious.
The depth and clarity with which Maya has interwoven many journeys and themes into one story is highly commendable. The Comfort of Water is at once a story of four river pilgrims progress along the Yarra, a journey through ones own multi-layered mind, and a slow walk through time back to when the Yarra was borne into human imagination through the first creation stories.
A specially inspiring read for those deeply interested in place based writing.