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The house of deep water

by McFarland, Jeni,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
" A fine debut...McFarland's layered tale will appeal to readers who liked Tayari Jones's An American Marriage ."- Publishers Weekly

River Bend, Michigan, is the kind of small town most can't imagine leaving, but three women couldn't wait to escape. When each must return-Linda Williams, never sure what she wants; her mother, Paula, always too sure; and Beth DeWitt, one of River Bend's only black daughters, now a mother of two who'd planned to raise her own children anywhere else-their paths collide under Beth's father's roof. As one town struggles to contain all of their love affairs and secrets, a local scandal forces Beth to confront her own devastating past.

Filled with the voices of mothers and daughters, husbands, lovers, and fathers, The House of Deep Water explores motherhood, trauma, love, loss, and new beginnings found in a most unlikely place- home.
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Booklist Review: "Multiple voices narrate this story of three women who left their small town of River Bend, Michigan, never looking back until their lives take unexpected turns. Linda leaves her husband and lands at her grandmother's farm, immediately starting a relationship with the significantly older Ernest. When Linda informs her mother, Paula, that she will be a grandmother again, it gives Paula an excuse to come back and finally make her divorce official. Ernest's daughter Beth returns with her two children, after leaving her own husband. Growing up as one of the only Black people in town, Beth had a difficult time in River Bend--made more difficult by the abuse she suffered at the hands of a man who has just been arrested for his crimes. Just like life, McFarland's debut is big, messy, and complicated while also being a completely engrossing portrait of her characters and their hometown. She deftly weaves in issues of race and consent. Perfect for those who like books about family dysfunction, this would also make a great book discussion selection."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Three women reluctantly return to their small Michigan hometown in McFarland's fine debut. Linda Williams never wanted to return to River Bend, but when she leaves her husband, she has no choice but to go back to her grandmother's house. Also coming back to town is her estranged mother, Paula, who might finally ask her long-abandoned husband for a divorce. And then there's Elizabeth DeWitt, who grew up as one of the only black girls in town. She's lost her job and marriage, and the recent arrest of the man who abused her as a child is dredging up traumatic memories. Linda, in her early 30s, starts an affair with Ernest, Elizabeth's elderly Casanova of a father, and moves in with him after she gets pregnant. When Elizabeth and her two kids also move in, things start feeling a bit too uncomfortable. Then Ernest has a stroke and is no longer able to care for himself, leaving Elizabeth and Linda to deal with the tension between them. And Paula, always stuck in her set ways, reconsiders former convictions when she too moves in. All three women share complex feelings about their hometown and its inhabitants, most of which are handled with realistic nuance. McFarland's layered tale will appeal to readers who liked Tayari Jones's An American Marriage. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Small cities -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9780525542353
0525542353
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