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The memory of water

by White, Karen

Format: Large Print 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Large Print LP WHITE Karen
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP WHITE Karen
On the night their mother drowns, sisters Marnie and Diana Maitland discover there is more than one kind of death. There is the death of innocence, of love, and of hope. Each sister harbors a secret about that night that will alter the course of her life.

After ten years of silence between the sisters, Diana's ex-husband calls Marnie back to the South Carolina Lowcountry. His young son has returned from a sailing trip with his emotionally unstable mother, and he is refusing to speak. In order to help the traumatized boy, Marnie must reopen old wounds and bring the darkest memories of their past to the surface. She will be forced to confront Diana, before they all go under.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Marnie Maitland returns to the South Carolina Lowcountry after years of self-imposed exile. As children, she and her sister, Diana, were deeply damaged when their mother took them sailing in a storm and drowned. Now Diana's son is left mute after an eerily similar accident. Marnie, a special-needs teacher, has come to help her nephew recover. Faced with the evidence that her sister has inherited their mother's self-destructive illness, Marnie is forced to remember that terrifying night and to reconcile the rift their mother created. In this moving novel, White explores the bond between sisters, the link between artistic genius and mental illness, and the keen hold a place can have on a person. She vividly describes the lush Lowcountry and the pull of the sea. A chilling revelation, a love story, and a bittersweet ending add to this gripping tale.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The enduring ties between two estranged sisters drive the darkly engaging latest from White (Learning to Breathe). Marnie Maitland, an Arizona school teacher, returns to her South Carolina Lowcountry hometown after a 10-year absence at the request of Quinn, the ex-husband of Marnie's sister, Diana. Quinn believes Marnie can help Gil, the nine-year-old nephew she's never met, who has refused to speak since a sailing accident almost claimed Gil and Diana's lives. As Marnie begins to bond with Gil (and with Quinn), she instinctively senses that Diana's simmering anger toward her is tied to the childhood sailing accident that killed their mother but spared the two girls. Marnie remembers little of the accident, which is cloaked in mystery, as is Diana's obsession with "the Maitland curse" (related to a murky blasphemy from previous generations) and the mental illness that runs in the family. As Marnie tries to get at the truth, the first-person narrative is tersely handed among the four leads. Careful plotting, richly flawed characters and a surprising conclusion mark this absorbing melodrama. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mentally ill parents -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Sailing -- Fiction.
Large type books.
South Carolina -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Thorndike, Me. :Center Point Pub.,2008
Language English
Description 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781602852228 (alk. paper)
1602852227 (alk. paper)
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