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read it Read It READ IT !!! I could not put it down.
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Set in 1930s Massachusetts, "Cascade" is about big change, ambition, mystery, hope, mortality, tradition, a wrong marriage, the possibility of passion, and the cost of pursuing what most matters. This is a dramatic, suspenseful, beautifully written and wise novel that highlights the timelessness of our questions and struggles as people.
Read it, pass it around, give it to everyone on your gift list. Wonderful.
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Posted July 22, 2013
Cascade is NOT historical fiction. Most of the book is set in a
Cascade is NOT historical fiction. Most of the book is set in a fictional town - surrounded by real towns - and set amid a real effort to build a reservoir that would serve Boston. That reservoir is called the Quabbin, not Rappahannock.
Four towns that were in the Swift River Valley were taken to make the Quabbin, and none were called Cascade or Whistling Falls. 2500 people were uprooted, and 34 cemeteries were moved. The timing is roughly the same, but the decision process had occurred much earlier.
I don't understand why the author had to create fictional towns set among real ones, or a "contest" between 2 towns as neither of these things added to the story. In fact, I found those things irritating, and thought the author missed a wonderful opportunity to set her story within a real historical event.
That said, I found Desdemona to be an unlikeable character, too self-centered to be someone I'd cheer for. She justified all her lies, even while acknowledging the hurt they'd cause others when they, inevitably, were exposed. She got some pay-back in the end, but not nearly as much as she deserved.
I read this book because it was suggested as a 'cornerstone' of our library's next town-wide reading theme. While I find the history of the Quabbin's creation to be fascinating, I will oppose this book being included should that theme be chosen.
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