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The Seduction of Water

Goodman, Carol

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ISBN 10: 1587244217 / ISBN 13: 9781587244216
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Titolo: The Seduction of Water

Legatura: Large Print

Condizione libro:New

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A New York Times Bestselling Author

Having recently turned forty, Iris Greeneder feels the "buts" taking over her life. She is all but published, all but a professor and all but married. A shot at literary success comes with a sudden impulse to write about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, who had written two fantasy novels of a planned trilogy. There was never a third book. When Iris was nine, Kay went off to attend a writer's conference and died in a hotel fire, registered as another man's wife.

Now, with the urging of Kay's former literary agent, Iris begins the search for the third and final manuscript which she believes holds clues to the mysteries of Kay's life -- and death. And through her search she begins to realize that she is not the only one interested in her mother's past, and that the lost manuscript might hold more secrets than she ever expected.

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Carol Goodman's admirable second novel, The Seduction of Water, has much in common with her bestselling debut, The Lake of Dead Languages. Both feature heroines who are at crossroads in their lives and who choose to move backward and inward. In the first novel, the main character returns to teach at the woodsy private school where she had been a scholarship student, triggering the horrible repetition of the violence that had marred her senior year. In The Seduction of Water, the heroine returns to the woodsy hotel in the Catskills where her parents had worked, in the hope of uncovering her dead mother's secrets. Somehow, the book doesn't feel like a reiteration of the earlier novel, perhaps because the tone throughout is lighter and more sure.

Iris Greenfeder is a 36-year-old barely published New York writer and teacher whose long-term boyfriend, an artist, sees her schedule as strict and therefore will not spend the night, because he likes to get up and paint first thing every morning. When one of Iris's stories about her mother is picked up by a small literary journal with a well-connected editor, things start to happen for her. She becomes convinced that a summer out of the city, working as manager of the old hotel, will give her the perfect setting in which to pen a memoir of her writer mother, as well as an opportunity to look for the rumored manuscript of her mother's final book. But there are those who are just as determined to keep the dead woman's secrets in the grave. Only mildly suspenseful, and relying too much on coincidence, The Seduction of Water isn't the page-turner that Goodman's debut was, but patient readers may find it a richer and more satisfying novel overall. --Regina Marler

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